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table of contents COVER STORY
03 Trends for Buildings & Environments By Cathy Walker A S S O C I AT I O N ’ S AV E N U E
08 Excellence in Recycling Award Winners 10 Industry Happenings compiled by Sherri Iandolo and Michael C. Davids 11 Fire Department to Partner with High Rise Residential Buildings 12 Government Briefs compiled by Michael C. Davids 17 Subscription Information 18 Editor’s Message 19 Professional Services Directory 22 Subscription Info THE LANDSCAPE BUYER
23 The Weather & Your Landscape by James A. Fizzell S P E C I A L F E AT U R E
25 Meet our Advisory Board A S S O C I AT I O N ’ S AV E N U E
27 Excellence in Landscape Awards 28 Industry Happenings compiled by Sherri Iandolo and Michael C. Davids S P E C I A L F E AT U R E
29 New Exit Strategies - Trends in §1031 Exchange Alternatives 30 Gateway Green Partners Give Kennedy Expressway New Environment by Dakota Schultz 32 Chicagoland Buildings & Environments Profile PROPERTY PROFILE
34 The Next Generation Office Building 37 Condo Lifestyles State of the Industry Registration Information ON THE COVER
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hicagoland is going green! Well, some companies and individuals are trying to go green anyway. Now more than ever, Chicago area building owners, managers, maintenance professionals and developers should be making environmental issues a priority. Energy Conservation, mold and moisture intrusion, indoor and outdoor air quality, recycling, environmental insurance, financial and other environmental issues are all on the minds of today’s building professionals. We’ve talked to several area experts in some of the disciplines involved with the latest green building trends and environmental issues.
Green Chicago Leading the Way The City of Chicago is committed to being the most “green” city in the world. To this end the city has numerous initiatives and programs to assist and encourage corporations, institutions, businesses and residences to join the movement. Mayor Daley and Chicago are definitely leading the way in the operations of their own buildings. Since 2000, the city has built and renovated several buildings that incorporate the latest in green building practices and technology. The first of these buildings was the Center of Green Technology. It is a national model of energy efficiency and environmentally friendly “green” design. This facility houses green industries as well as an education and training facility for anyone interested in green building technologies and landscaping. Today there are several green libraries, police stations and other municipal buildings. The first green library in Chicago, Budlong Woods Library, opened in 2003. The library’s features include solar panels on the roof, building materials with a high degree of recycled content and an HVAC system designed to perform nearly 20 percent more efficiently than the Chicago Energy Conservation Code requires. Concrete pavement was used for the parking lot, instead of black asphalt; this keeps the site cooler in the summer, reducing the urban heat island effect. The City’s first “green” police station, the 22nd District Police Station, opened in June 2004. The
22nd District station is virtually identical to a conventionally built police station on the North Side, with the same floor plan and number of square feet. The City is tracking energy use, productivity and other factors at both stations for a national case study on green building benefits. The 22nd District station was designed to achieve a LEED Silver rating. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the green building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, a national consensus organization whose mission is to “promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work.” Building projects can be submitted to the USGBC for evaluation and award of different LEED ratings, based on a point system for various categories of environmentally responsible or “green” design principles. Also in June 2004, Mayor Richard M. Daley made public the City’s commitment to building green by announcing the adoption of The Chicago Standard. The Chicago Standard is based on selected points from the LEED Green Building
Rating System that are reasonable and appropriate for Chicago. Adoption of the standard will result in LEED Certified buildings that save 15 to 20 percent in energy costs annually, conserve water and other natural resources, and provide healthier, more productive indoor environments
Energy Costs Fueling Green Building Trend Sadhu Johnston, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Environment says that for 2006 and beyond he sees the green building trend continuing and growing. As far as a prominent specific trend he says, “I think that with the high cost of energy we will see a renewed importance on energy efficiencies. There will be a deeper integration of energy efficient design and technology in future buildings.” No doubt many existing buildings are evaluating ways to increase their energy efficiency as well. While the green building trend is growing, there are challenges. “The upfront cost is an
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meet certain criteria,” says Johnston. This criterion is defined in the Building Green/Green Roof Matrix. The complete matrix can be found on the Chicago web site www.cityofchicago.org, click on city departments and then click on environment. Building projects of all types that are ▲ Shown here is Chicago’s Budlong Woods Library requesting public assistance of some type are obstacle to some. The perception that the initial now required to meet certain environmental costs are prohibitive, keep some developers and guidelines developed by the City. Each building owners from pursuing a must meet LEED certificagreen building project. tion standards and incorpoThey really need to look at Johnston adds, “We are in the process of rate a “green roof”. the project with a 5 to 10 Depending on the type and putting a green roof on the Cultural year perspective and figure size of a building 25% to in the life cycle benefits,” 100% of the roof must be Center on Michigan Ave. It will be 60,000 comments Johnston. green. square feet of soil (three to four inches “One way we can help Money & Time Are is with expedited permits,” deep) with plants. To date there are over Green Too adds Johnston. “Building 150 green roofs in Chicago, that’s more The City can also help permits usually take 70 to with financial support, 90 days. If the project is than two million square feet of environreports Johnston. “The City green the permit can be can provide financial supobtained in 30 days,” mentally friendly green roof.” port through programs According to Johnincluding but not limited to ston, “there is another finanland write-down, TIF, Empowerment Zone Grants, cial incentive for green projects — the City will pay Enterprise Zone Facility Bonds, but only if buildings developer’s service fees. These fees can cost any-
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Educational Programs Offered Lack of knowledge and understanding of green buildings and the benefits can also be an obstacle for builders, developers, and consumers. “Because of the perceived barriers many in the private sector are not pursuing these types of projects,” says Johnston. “To help increase the understanding and interest in the green building movement the City offers 150 seminars throughout the year. These educational seminars are free and typically held at the Center for Green Technology. Topics include green architectural design, introduction to LEED, and an overview of building and operations and maintenance activities.” “One of our newer buildings and one that the City is very proud of is the Marine Safety Station,” remarks Johnston. “We used geothermal technology for the heating and cooling system. A unique feature of this system is that the geothermal coils are laid in the bed of Lake Michigan instead of in the earth. Another important building is the Police Station in Beverly. It has a LEED Silver rating!.” Johnston adds, “We are in the process of putting a green roof on the Cultural Center on Michigan Ave. It will be 60,000 square feet of soil (three to four inches deep) with plants. To date there are over 150 green roofs in Chicago, that’s more than two million square feet of environmentally friendly green roof.”
Sustainable Architecture Another green building trend is that architects and engineers who specialize in building repair, restoration, and preservation are practicing sustainable architecture. “Maintaining an existing building and prolonging its useful life is, in itself, an environmentally responsible practice,” says Delph Gustitus of Gustitus Group, Inc. By doing so, we avoid demolition waste disposal, and production/ fabrication/installation of new materials.” Gustitus contends that many new materials have detrimental effects on the environment, such as: 1. Consumption of fuel and production of air and water pollution in the manufacturing and shipping processes. 2. Depletion of natural resources. 3. Toxicity of materials affecting indoor air quality from off-gasing. 4. Short useful life requiring replacement often, feeding the cycle of more materials, energy use in manufacturing, pollution, etc.
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2. Adding insulation in existing walls, or increasing the amount of insulation in walls of new buildings. 3. Installing storm windows in smaller buildings, or adding a secondary window system in high rise buildings. One design element that makes a big impact in a green building is a green roof. Green roofs have been fully embraced by the Mayor of the City of Chicago, and momentum has been building nationwide for their installation. Green roofs offer many benefits, including: 1. Reduced storm water runoff. 2. Reduced heat gain and loss through roofs. 3. Improvement in the “heat island” effect in cities by reducing the impervious, heat absorbing surface area. 4. Reduced pollution and increased oxygen by
5. If there is access to the roof, they create beautiful outdoor garden spaces. These are a few examples of sustainable architecture that are gaining in popularity.
Streeterville Condos Go Green Mark Sutherland, President, Sutherland Pearsall Development Corp reports that he is planning two green buildings, “Our first building, 550 St. Clair will be a 26 story building with 112 condominiums, 129 parking spaces (for the condominiums) and 4600 square feet of retail space just 200 feet east of Chicago’s renowned Magnificent Mile. Our second proposed building, 535 St. Clair, will be a 38 story, 312 condominium building with 275 parking spaces for residents, another 275 parking spaces in a public garage and 7500 square
▲ New buildings planned by Sutherland Pearsall Development Corp. at 550 and 535 St. Clair will feature green roofs. done, it may add a significant cost to a project. However, there are simple things that Gustitus offers can be done, such as: 1. Maintaining sealant joints around windows to reduce air infiltration. 2. Maintain weather stripping around doors and windows. 3. Install more insulation in attics and crawl spaces beneath roofs. 4. Insulate electrical outlets in exterior walls.
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5. Apply a reflective, light-colored, coating on flat roofs to reflect heat during summer. “And there are others,” he adds. Other more significant items to improve energy efficiency Gustitus suggests could be: 1. Replacing older, existing windows with new,
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feet of retail space.” “In addition to the zoning bonus granted by the City of Chicago’s Zoning Ordinance (additional FAR of 2.0, which means we are able to construct buildings that have additional floor area equal to two times the lot area.), the inclusion of green roofs is integral to a design-based approach as one component in developing a coherent forward thinking, responsible development,” adds Sutherland The main roof and mechanical penthouse roof are extensive systems, they are functional only. The intermediate roof will incorporate both extensive and intensive systems as a visual and recreational element. Extensive and intensive roof systems are differentiated by depth of soil, which affects the size of plant materials. Intensive roof gardens have deeper soil depths that can support larger plant material. There will be several benefits associated with the green roof. According to Sutherland there will be some benefit to the building’s energy consumption through the additional insulation factor. “Our buildings will help to reduce the “heat island effect” and will also help to minimize pollution,” he says. “At the intermediate roof (top of parking at amenities floor) the green roof will be part of a roof garden/terrace for the use and enjoyment of
the owners and their guests.” We are currently working on the incorporation of several additional “green” features in our second building, 535 St. Clair, including the use of vertical gardens as an integral part of the parking garage ventilation system, energy saving motion activated parking garage lighting on the parking levels, the collection of grey water for irrigation of our landscaping, and the incorporation of winter garden spaces at the exterior of some of the units in order to reduce energy consumption while providing an aesthetically pleasing green area off of those unit’s living areas.
Moisture & Mold Issues Surge The existence of mold is nothing new, but a surging interest in health care and building safety is causing many people to wonder what exactly is mold, where does it come from, what does it do and how to eliminate this destructive organism. Mold is a tiny airborne organism that occurs in nature and reproduces by releasing spores through the air. These spores grow on moist surfaces and can grow, creating serious health risks including: asthma and allergic reactions. Once established, mold will continue to grow as it feeds on furnishings and building materials. Over time,
mold can seriously decay the strength and the integrity of building support structures, causing portions of a building to sag or collapse No building, old or new, is immune from the hazards of growing mold. According to indoor environmental experts it is not always best to clean right away. First, it’s important to know what kind of mold we are dealing with. Steven Parkhurst, CIH, LIH, CSP, CIAQC of Environmental Diagnostics, Inc., says many molds pose little harm to individuals and are found everywhere, others cause severe allergies (Alternaria), respiratory infections (Aspergillus) or release toxic chemicals such as mycotoxins (Stachybotrys). While the type or family of mold has little impact on the decontamination approach, it may have a substantial impact on diagnosing a medical problem, determining if the home or building is suitable for occupancy, or aid in building a case should legal issues arise. In particular, many individuals such as the elderly, infants, those with compromised immune systems like bone marrow transplant patients, HIV infected individuals, and those recovering from invasive operations and pregnancy, are predisposed to respiratory or systemic fungal infections. While some of these infections are curable, others may lead to incurable conditions ultimately death.
How polluted is the air indoors? When we think of polluted air we usually think of outdoors air. Studies show indoor air can be 2 to 5 times more polluted than the air outdoors. Some of the most polluted air we breathe is inside offices, homes, schools, warehouses, hospitals, retail stores, hotels and theatres. Steamatic can improve indoor air problems through several methods. Call Steamatic today to inspect your air handling system for contaminants and breathe easy.
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When mold covers any area larger than a few square feet, it should be decontaminated by a professional mold removal service. A professional team uses a strict protocol to treat, remove and decontaminate dangerous mold. Proper mold remediation requires careful attention to every detail. Using a strict protocol of containment, isolation, air filtering machines, and antimicrobial agents (biocides), a professional team will isolate and remove the mold. The team protects building occupants from exposure by trapping unseen airborne particles and sanitizing areas where mold has been growing. Finally, mold is safely disposed of using approved methods. Due to the increasingly serious nature of indoor environmental safety, and concerns that affect our health, it is better to be safe than sorry. So, shopping for the least expensive alternative could end up costing your association more in the long run, especially if it wasn’t handled properly the first time. According to Robert Duermit, Kinsale Contracting, “prior to hiring a professional company, it’s important to recognize that there may be other hidden factors that some mold remediation companies aren’t qualified to handle.”
Because many older buildings or buildings built before or during the 1940’s through the 1970’s were constructed with materials that were initially considered environmentally safe and later discovered to be hazardous to our health — asbestos and lead based paints are among these hazards. Disturbing these substances without proper knowledge or utilizing the proper cleaning solutions and the right equipment can cause contamination of the entire facility, increasing remediation costs and putting everyone involved at a much greater risk than you may realize. “While it is important to consider hiring someone to help you determine which additional factors are involved, it is equally as important that they recommend the proper way to manage the problem,” Duermit adds.
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2005 Excellence in Recycling Awards Outstanding Educational Program Kane County Department of Environmental Management 719 Batavia Avenue Geneva, Illinois 60134 Kane County has shown its dedication to informing residents about recycling and solid waste reduction in a simple, consistent manner. The county distributes “Kane County Recycles” a reader-friendly publication that provides an easy to understand overview of recycling and environmental programs available to Kane County residents. Each issue focuses on a special topic, but includes updated information on standard topics, as well. The publication also lists telephone numbers and web sites in several locations in the guide. Included in the publication are a list of all communities, unincorporated areas and drop-off locations and the materials recycled; special recycling programs, such as schedules for used motor oil, household batteries, tires, household hazardous wastes, electronics; items listed as banned from landfills; compost information; and updates on recycling participation rates, volumes of materials recycled, etc. The most recent edition was translated into Spanish, to serve an even greater portion of the county’s population. Total distribution is 130,000 copies in English and 20,000 copies in Spanish. It is distributed to newspapers, libraries, city halls, townships, fire departments, waste haulers and schools. Outstanding Business Recycling/Waste Reduction Program SYSCO Asian Foods, Inc 200 Flannigan Road Hampshire, Illinois 60140 SYSCO Asian Foods, Inc. built a new distribution center in Hampshire, Illinois in 2004. The new facility was designed to dedicate space for the operation of a recycling program. In addition to establishing an office recycling program for its own employees, SYSCO provides a unique recycle service for its clients. This food distribution company delivers most orders to its customers enclosed in plastic shrink-wrap. When delivering an order, SYSCO Asian Foods, Inc. has their drivers remove the outer shrinkwrap material and return it to their warehouse where it is baled and recycled. This service helps numerous small businesses reduce the amount of waste they generate. During the initial six months of the project more than 6.5 tons of recyclables have been diverted from being land filled. Outstanding Corporate Recycling Program Target Stores – Illinois 1000 Nicollet Mall, TPN-725 Minneapolis, MN 55403 As one of America’s largest retailers, Target is an excellent example of an organization that is committed to be an environmentally responsible corporation. This includes identifying and implementing opportunities to recycle, reuse, reduce, rethink and to be respectful of their impact on communities and eco-systems. Target was one of the first large retailers to commit to waste reduction and continues to be an environmental leader in the retail industry. Target currently operates 71 stores throughout Illinois, and in 2004 those stores reduced their operational waste by 67%. In addition to collecting corrugated cardboard and shrink wrap, rechargeable batteries, fluorescent lamps, ballast, and nonfunctioning electronic equipment, Target aggressively refurbishes and recycles garment hangers and shopping carts. Through their hanger reuse program, each hanger makes several trips (typically 5-7) through the supply chain until it is damaged. Each year they reuse and recycle approximately 778 tons of plastic and 155 tons of metal from garment hangers.
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Outstanding Community Advocacy For Recycling The Citizens of Dewitt County Clinton, Illinois The DeWitt County Human Resource Center is a private, not-for-profit corporation that serves and employs individuals with developmental disabilities. In the summer of 2004, the Center requested a $162,000 grant from the DeWitt County Solid Waste Fund to purchase recycling equipment which would have preserved the jobs of the 23 disabled people who worked there by improving the production of processed material enough to cover the wages paid to the employees. At its March meeting, the County Board failed to approve the funding necessary to purchase the equipment. Community residents who supported recycling became activated. Flyers were passed throughout the County and Media coverage was almost daily on the issue. The County Board Members were swamped with calls from unhappy recyclers and people supporting employment for the disabled. The Land Use Committee held a town meeting at the High School Auditorium to accommodate the several hundred concerned citizens. The committee voted to support the approval of $122,000 and sent a recommendation back to the County Board where the funds were approved. Private citizens put together a coalition from the local mental health board, township governments, the local business development committee, and AmerGen Clinton Power Plant to cover the remaining $40,000. On April 26 the equipment was ordered and the recycling center, which closed temporarily, reopened to the communities. Outstanding Not-For-Profit Recycling Organization North Shore Ecology Center 964 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, Illinois 60093 The North Shore Ecology Center was a pioneer in the collection of recyclable materials. The center began providing 24 drop-off recycling collection services in the north shore of Chicago in 1970 and had expanded its domain between 1979 and 1987 to manage curbside collection in four Chicago suburbs. As a pioneer the NSEC not only collected materials for recycling, but also provided jobs, environmental education, and became a major community-building leader. Today, they continue to play an important role in environmental protection. The primary focus of the organization continues to be in Environmental Education; the organization built a solar home in Highland Park, designed a foot-petal generator, which was published in Popular Science and primarily marketed in third world countries. NSEC continues to provide numerous environmental forums and workshops as well as continues to collect batteries and cell phones for recycling. Outstanding Use of a Recycled Material Pallet Solutions Hwy 130 North • P.O. Box 56 Albion, Illinois 62806 Pallet Solutions is a pallet recycling business operating in Albion, Illinois since 1995. They have recently completed a successful modernization project that has increased the amount of recyclable material by 1400 tons per year, and created a total of 17 new jobs. Pallet Solutions uses and recycles discarded wooden pallets to produce standard and custom-sized pallets. They have reported an increase use of 347 tons of previously discarded pallets per calendar quarter and an annual estimated saving of 65 acres of trees.
Outstanding Career Service in Recycling Ms. Denise M. McClearey Madison County Solid Waste Management Department $ 157 North Main, Suite 254 Edwardsville, Illinois 62025 Denise M. McClearey has been Madison County’s Solid Waste Coordinator for the past 13 years. She was responsible for the development and implementation of the Madison County Residential Recycling Ordinance – a first in the State. She has also developed a highly successful paint collection and remix program at multiple locations in the County – another first for Illinois and her yearly electronics collections are a first in the St. Louis Metro area. Denise’s dynamic communication skills and vast knowledge have helped elect her to many state and local offices. She is the 2001-2002 past vice president of IRA, 2004 past president of Choose Environmental Excellence Gateway Region, 1995-97 past president of ILCSWMA and past secretary of ILCSWMA from 1993-95. Denise has served IRA as Conference Chair for IRA/MORA in 2002, as IRA Awards Chair in 2001 and IRA Conference Planning Committee Co-Chair in 1997. Ms. McClearey has been a speaker at many conferences which have included: 2003 ILCSWMA Conference, 2001 USEPA Partnering for a Healthy Environment Conference, 1997 and 1995 IRA Conference and 1996 Illinois Recycling Coordinators Training Program. She received the Distinguished Service Award from ILCSWMA in 1997 Recycler of the Year Mr. Calvin Tigchelaar Resource Management 9999 Anderson Avenue Chicago Ridge, Illinois 60415 Calvin Tigchelaar, as president of Resource Management, has led the technological curve and sustained the economical viability of post-consumer recycling in
Illinois. His company has been the first to initiate single-stream processing of curbside collected recyclables. That has allowed residents to combine all recyclable materials together into a single recycling bin at their household; eliminating the need to keep items separate. Residential recycling collection companies have also been the benefactors of Mr. Tigchelaar’s technology, since they no longer have to handle separate streams of recyclables at the curb, and can use a single compartment compaction truck to service a greater number of households every day. Mr. Tigchelaar’s entrepreneurial efforts have created an independent economically viable thriving business that is driven by communities and businesses that seek the best economic return for the value of recyclable materials. He has demonstrated that the value of post consumer recyclable materials provide sufficient economic incentives for processors to continually strive for the most efficient methods that gives them the ability to buy materials generated by consumers. Outstanding Community Recycling Program Crete Lions Club Recycling 1215 Douglas Lane Crete, Illinois 60417 Crete Lions Club has operated a recycling collection operation for over 46 years. Currently, the club collects, processes, and markets a wide range of materials that include corrugated cardboard, newspapers, office paper, mixed paper, aluminum, steel, PET, HDPE, and brown glass bottles. They recently purchased new equipment that will allow them to increase from 3,000,000 to 6,000,000 pounds the amount of material that they can process annually. Their services will expand to commercial, school, industrial, and construction sites in surrounding townships and villages. The Crete Lion’s Club recycling program operates with all volunteer labor, community service workers, and church groups.
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▲ left to right: "Chicago Gateway Green Vice Chairman, Steve Traxler; Green Tie Ball XIV co-chairs, Alexi Giannoulias and Monica Kasley; Chicago Gateway Green Co-Chairman, Grant DePorter." Over 3500 prominent Chicagoans helped to celebrate the beautification of the city at the Green Tie Ball. The annual event raises hundreds of thousands of dollars to help transform Chicago roadways into parkways as part of Chicago Gateway Green's Expressway Partnership -- a national model of an intensified adopt-a-highway program.
The American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) and the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) Sign Letter of Intent The American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) and the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) have announced the joint signing of a letter of intent to merge. Signing the letter of intent allows the merger evaluation to advance to due diligence work, legal review and further detailed design of a single national trade association. Final approval of a merger requires a second positive vote by both boards of directors, followed by approval from the PLANET membership and a second positive vote by the ANLA Senate, with membership support. ANLA President Peter Orum, Midwest Groundcovers (IL) signed the Letter of Intent at ANLA’s Annual Meeting following a unanimous vote of approval by ANLA’s Senate. Concurrently, during its Summer Leadership Meeting in Washington, D.C., the PLANET board agreed to do the same. These actions followed receipt of an interim report from the ANLA-PLANET Merger Task Force. According to the report, “the associations’ boards of directors have determined that the potential benefits of merging PLANET and ANLA into a new national trade association for the 21st Century are sufficient to warrant a fullscale evaluation of that merger.” Timelines for the continued evaluation process are being revised, but a final vote of the ANLA Senate and PLANET’s full membership is expected sometime in 2006. ANLA’s full membership will be contacted, prior to a vote, to provide feedback to their Senators. PLANET’s membership vote will follow the completion of the task force’s work and a recommendation from the PLANET Board of Directors. The actual
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The Greenbuild 2005 International Conference and Expo was be held on November 9 - 11 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. The Greenbuild International Conference & Expo is presented annually by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a nonprofit coalition of more than 5,500 private companies, nonprofits and governmental agencies working to transform the building industry. Throughout its 10-year history, USGBC has been at the forefront of green building - introducing the LEED Green Building Rating System in 2000 and launching Greenbuild in 2002. Now in its fourth year, Greenbuild has swiftly become the must-go event for the industry. Featuring three days of exceptional educational programs, workshops, tours and speakers alongside an expansive exhibit hall and sponsors (see full schedule), it’s the one place you
merger, if approved by both organizations would likely occur in late 2006. Combining PLANET and ANLA would result in a national association with annual revenues of more than $9 million and a staff of 48, a resource base that is larger than about 75% of all trade associations in the U.S. The combined membership of the two organizations would exceed 6,000. The current memberships of the two associations are largely based in different sectors of the green industry. The merged association would represent business interests involved in the full spectrum of the industry, including agricultural nursery production, wholesale distribution, retail garden centers, landscape design and installation, lawn care, maintenance, and interior plantscape services. Initial discussions have identified merger benefits to include a larger member and financial resource base, a broader platform for delivering more educational and business services, expanded public outreach, and more political influence. ANLA, a Washington, DC-based trade association, represents green industry business professionals seeking market leadership through advocacy with our nation’s government, a community of industry innovators and experts, and unique profitability focused programming, products and services. PLANET represents approximately 4,000 green industry service provider companies and suppliers nationwide that specialize in design/build/installation, interior plantscaping, lawn care, and maintenance. These firms and their employees represent more than 100,000 green industry professionals. can go to learn what’s now and what’s next in green building. Everything About Green Building, Under One Roof: For three days in Atlanta, thousands of green building industry professionals will come together to learn about the latest advancements in green building design, construction, project financing and building management. Greenbuild’s Mission: Provide an exciting annual meeting place for the rapidly expanding green building industry. Serve as the pre-eminent showcase for leading-edge green technologies worldwide. Deliver an outstanding educational program that highlights benchmarks of sustainability across a broad array of issues, including site location and development, water use, energy, materials, indoor environmental quality, biophelia, health and productivity, financing and more! To learn about the USGBC please visit: http://www.greenbuildexpo.org
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Fire Department to Partner with High Rise Residential Buildings
ommissioner Cortez Trotter announced the Chicago Fire Department’s desire to increase its effort to build partnerships and alliances with various professionals in the Chicago Residential Hi Rise community just before the opening of the CFD’s first annual conference on Hi Rise Life and Fire Safety at Navy Pier on August 17-20, 2005. “It is no secret that Chicago Fires have shaped our city’s progress, and our history. All we have to do is look outside the window at the stunning skyline to be reminded of that, but who would have ever thought this skyline was possible after the Great Chicago Fire?” Commissioner Trotter opened. “Each time a tragic fire forces us to take one step back, we have taken two steps forward, learning from every situation, growing and improving.” He continued. He noted that when we look back at other tragic fires like the Iroquois Theater and the Our Lady of Angels fire, those tragic fire events brought about great change. In the aftermath, each of those fires became the foundation for new fire safety policies and standards in Chicago, which have made places of work, schools and homes safer. Often times, these fires have also caused many other Fire Departments to make significant changes as well. “We have learned from fire situations and turned them into opportunities to enhance life safety. And recent high-rise fires are no exception. Over the past year, we focused on improving commercial high-rise safety procedures and fire tactics that, I believe, have led to positive outcomes. We made progress in making people aware of fire safety in commercial high-rise buildings - - from retooling our internal strategies to training the public. Over the past six months, CFD’s Public Education team conducted 140 drills and training programs in commercial high-rises. Before this campaign, we averaged about 100 drills for the entire year. We will more than triple the number of commercial buildings trained by the close of 2005. But, unlike commercial high-rise buildings, residential high-rise buildings require a different approach. After all, these are people’s homes – their sanctuaries. It is not popular to ask people to attend a condo association meeting to listen to the fire department conduct a safety presentation after a hard day’s work. By developing concepts to convey basic ideas about how to act in an emergency, we can increase residents’ chances of survival dramatically. Similar to our commercial high-rise program, the key behind our RESIDENTIAL safety campaign is to remain CALM. When a fire emergency strikes, people tend to panic… they become confused and are uncertain on what to do in case of a fire emergency.” That is why the Commissioner has developed one consistent message reinforcing what people should do in case of a fire in their building. This message is centered on the word CALM: Call, Alert, Listen and Move. AUTUMN 2005
This safety message is conveyed on the new CFD DVD, brochures and presentation materials. The goal is for residents to know this consistent message in each building. And while high-rise buildings are among the safest places to live, with only 1 percent of fire deaths taking place in high-rises…”we are taking added measures to ensure everyone’s safety,” added Trotter. “In addition to our safety campaign, we are also adding new resources to make high-rise firefighting tactics more efficient and facilitate our efforts. Six new engine co’s with stage pumps and communication with a mobile ventilator that can clear toxic smoke.” Much of the new equipment was on display at the CFD conference. CFD has added six new fire engines, one with 3-stage pumps and foam capacity, which can extinguish fires quicker with less water damage, a state of the art mobile ventilator that can clear toxic and harmful smoke in seconds and a new light wagon to assist in night rescue operations. “But with nearly a quarter of a million residents living in high-rise buildings we still need help. We must utilize every resource available to ensure that residents know what to do in a fire situation. How do we provide safety training and reach thousands of residents? I believe this can be done through new partnerships.“ Representatives were in attendance from Apartment Building Owners and Managers Association (ABOMA), Chicagoland Apartment Association (CAA), Chicago Association of Realtors (CAR), Chicago Housing Authority (CHA). Several leading property management companies have also committed to assist the Fire Department in their latest public awareness campaign. Steven Levy of Sudler Property Management, Rosemarie Wert of Community Specialist, Tom Hamilton and Greg Martin of Draper and Kramer, and Tom Skweres of the The Habitat Company are among these companies. Gene Fischer of the Diversey Harbor/Lakeview Resident Association has agreed to involve his group in the education campaign. MCD media publications Condo Lifestyles and Chicagoland Buildings & Environments remain committed to help the CFD in this endeavor. All the major broadcast media aired segments on the CALM message during the days of the CFD conference. “We are grateful for these partnerships because they will help us take this new Life Safety message to Chicago’s high-rise residents through a variety of means they have at their disposal. A variety of tools can be employed such as close-circuit television, a company’s Web page, newsletters, monthly meetings, and mailings. We will also work with them to schedule presentations with our Public Education Unit. There is much work to be done while we also have already made lots of progress.” Said Cortez. Residents interested in obtaining a copy of this information can reach their building management
office or contact our CFD public education office at 312-747-1723. Cortez and his team plan to build new avenues and ways to elevate the level of safety for Chicago residents and visitors. “There is much work to be done and we will continue to make our city safer, but we believe that the lessons we’ve learned and the improvements we’ve made should be shared with others. Over the past year, the CFD has made enhancements to high-rise building safety efforts that have proven successful,” he added. To further enhance high-rise safety, Chicago Fire Department hosted its first ever High-Rise Life Safety Conference inviting speakers from around the world to provide important information, lessons and insight on the importance of high-rise safety. The first of it kind, the conference brought the fire service and high-rise building owners and managers together to better prepare their respective industries on high-rise fire emergencies. The Chicago Fire Department’s High-rise Safety Conference: Transforming Policy, Leadership and Tactical Operations was held August 17-20, 2005. Over 500 participants attended seminar programs presented by over a dozen national and international speakers. At several of the sessions, out of town speakers were paired with various officers and experts from the CFD. One of the key sessions was a case study type discussion presented by the Sears Tower Director of Operations Thomas Keaty and Thomas Lynch. Keaty is with CB Richard Ellis, the company responsible for the management at the building. Lynch is a Deputy District Chief with the Chicago Fire Department. Both described ways buildings and fire departments can build a partnership relationship in terms of life safety & fire protection. The session provided a frank and open discussion of ways to forge a partnership between a fire department and a hi rise building. Basically it boils down to spending as much time and resources as the building and the fire department can develop for mutual benefit. DVD’s, brochures, newsletters, web sites, training sessions/seminars, “walk through” meetings, fire/life safety inspections, regular drills, evacuation and floor plans are all among the most important aspects of tenant/resident education and preparedness. Chicago’s new requirement for each hi rise to submit a life/safety data prepared by a qualified professional will be a critical step forward in terms of fire/life safety. “As I mentioned earlier, fires have shaped our city’s history…I strongly believe that through this conference, Chicago’s input and lessons learned will have a positive affect on how high-rise fires are fought across the country. This conference will be a positive starting point for more (education) to come.” Cortez concluded.
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Final Cleanup and Reimbursement Agreement for Decades-old Contamination from Closed DuPage Factory Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with federal officials, recently announced an agreement that clears the way for the cleanup of two remaining sites in DuPage County contaminated decades ago by radioactive waste from a closed West Chicago factory. Meanwhile, cleanup is all but complete at two other locations. All four areas were designated in the early 1990s as federal Superfund sites. Madigan, on behalf of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), joined the federal government today in filing a complaint and settlement documents in federal court. “This agreement is truly the result of federal, state and local governments and entities working together to ensure that these sites that once were contaminated are going to become safe as neighborhoods and a park.” Madigan said. “On behalf of the state, I will work to ensure that the damaged areas are restored.” Under the agreement, Kerr-McGee Chemical, LLC, of Delaware has been ordered to reimburse the State of Illinois for up to $100,000 for reviewing and overseeing the restoration plans at the two remaining cleanup sites. The sites include approximately eight miles of Kress Creek and the West Branch of the DuPage River and the West Chicago sewage treatment plant. Under the settlement, Kerr-McGee also will pay $200,000 to the U.S. Department of Interior to fund restoration at both sites once contaminated soil is removed and other cleanup work is completed. Madigan said activity in the contaminated areas has a long history. Beginning in 1932, Lindsay Light and Chemical Company used a facility at 248 Ann St., West Chicago, to extract thorium from ore for use in coating gas light mantels, which enables the mantels to glow and provide illumination. In 1967, Kerr-McGee purchased the Rare Earths Facility (REF) in West Chicago and continued thorium production until it closed the plant in 1973. Madigan’s complaint alleges that as a result of these operations, radioactive mill tailings containing thorium, radium and uranium were produced and contaminated the sites. The mill tailings are discarded materials from the extraction process and, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), contained radionuclides, hazardous substances that can threaten surface and groundwater, fish, migratory birds, sediments, habitat and vegetation. Madigan and the federal government allege that mill tailings were transported and disposed of in four areas: a present-day residential area in West Chicago; Reed-Keppler Park, a 100-acre community park in West Chicago; Kress Creek and the West Branch of the DuPage River; and the West Chicago sewage treatment plant. While the U.S. EPA is the lead agency overseeing Kerr-McGee’s cleanup of Kress Creek and the West Branch of the DuPage River and the sewage treatment
plant, Madigan’s suit seeks to recover taxpayers’ costs incurred in response to the release of radionuclides during cleanup. The suit also seeks monetary compensation for damages to natural resources caused by the cleanup of the contamination at the four sites allegedly caused by Rare Earths Facility. Beginning in 1994, the U.S. EPA ordered cleanup at the four sites contaminated by the Rare Earths Facility. Madigan said cleanup at the residential site in West Chicago and Reed-Keppler Park is essentially complete. Results of the cleanup of those sites to date include: Kerr-McGee funded the cleanup on 676 properties where 110,782 cubic yards of radioactive soil were removed from a residential area of West Chicago that is home to approximately 15,000 people. According to U.S. EPA, the area was contaminated when mill tailings were made available to residents and contractors for use as fill material before the health risks associated with their radioactivity were known. Cleanup has been completed in a portion of ReedKeppler Park contaminated by mill tailings that were dumped in an area that was formerly a city dump long before the area became a park. Kerr-McGee oversaw the removal of 114,652 cubic yards of radioactive contaminated materials. The order requires that Kerr-McGee complete the process and fund the cleanup of the remaining two Superfund sites under the direction of the U.S. EPA. Results to date include: Since cleanup began in October 2003 at the West Chicago sewage treatment plant site, 6,281 cubic yards of material has been removed. Approximately 15,000 people live within three miles of the site, which was contaminated when mill tailings were used as fill in the area or disposed of at the facility. The site also includes contamination of a 1.2 mile section of the West Branch of the DuPage River from radioactive soils at the facility or on the riverbank. While a remedial investigation/feasibility study on the extent of contamination at Kress Creek and the sewage treatment plant has been completed, contaminated materials that were carried by a storm sewer into nearby Kress Creek and from there, downstream to the West Branch of the DuPage River, have not yet been cleaned up but will be as part of the agreement. Approximately 20,000 people live within three miles of the site; however, drinking water in the area comes from public systems or private wells that were not impacted by the contamination. Kerr-McGee has shipped all radioactive materials excavated at the sites by rail to a Utah disposal facility licensed to accept hazardous materials. The Office of the Illinois Attorney General was instrumental in ensuring these materials were shipped out of state. Senior Assistant Attorney General Gerald Karr of Madigan’s Environmental Bureau is handling the case filed recently in U.S. District Court in Chicago.
Settlement in Cook County Asbestos Case; Complaint Filed in Another In April 2005, Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced her office had reached an agreement with the owner of an Evanston apartment building for alleged asbestos handling and removal violations in September 2003. Meanwhile, Madigan has filed a complaint for similar alleged violations at another Cook County location in an unrelated case involving another apartment owner and contractor. Without admitting wrongdoing, Forest Lee, LLC, 440 N. Wells St., Chicago, has paid a civil penalty of $42,500 to resolve a December 2004 complaint filed by Madigan for alleged air pollution and failure to follow emission control and disposal procedures at a four-story apartment building at 937-939 Forest Ave. and 232-240 Lee Ave. in Evanston. The owner also was cited for failure to inspect for asbestos-containing materials and to notify the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) prior to renovation work starting at the L-shaped building that houses 21 apartments. In addition to the civil penalty, in September 2003, Forest Lee paid to clean up and remediate the site. Assistant Attorney General Stephen Sylvester handled the settlement that was entered Monday, April 4, in Cook County Circuit Court for Madigan’s Environmental Bureau. The IEPA referred the case to Madigan’s Office in August 2004. Also in April of this year, Madigan filed a complaint with the Illinois Pollution Control Board (IPCB) for alleged asbestos violations by the owner of a Chicago apartment building and a contractor hired to renovate the complex. “There’s no excuse for the unsafe handling and removal of asbestos,” Madigan said in commenting on both cases. “We will pursue building owners and contractors whose actions endanger their employees and public health.” Pattison Associates, LLC, was hired to renovate an 18-unit apartment complex at 5701 S. Calumet Ave. In October 2003, after demolition of the interior, an IEPA inspection revealed suspected dry, friable materials on the floor and noticed that asbestos-containing pipes leading from a boiler in the basement had been removed. According to Madigan’s complaint, the building was not inspected for asbestos prior to renovation as required by law. Samples obtained by IEPA during the inspection confirmed elevated levels of asbestos fibers present in the basement. Asbestos is a known human carcinogen and Madigan’s complaint alleges that Pattison’s improper handling and removal of asbestos-containing materials allowed asbestos fibers to be released into the air.
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Madigan’s complaint seeks a hearing before the IPCB on five counts against Pattison Associates and the owner of 5701 South Calumet, LLC. The counts include air pollution, failure to inspect the premises and to notify IEPA prior to renovation and failure to follow proper emission control and disposal procedures. Each count carries a possible civil penalty of $50,000 and an additional $10,000 for each day the violation continued. Assistant Attorney General Paula Becker Wheeler is handling this case for Madigan’s Environmental Bureau.
Agreement on Cleanup of Contaminated Soil at Former Lincolnshire Service Station Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced a settlement with two Lake County men that requires them to submit a plan for approval by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) to remove contaminated soil at a Lincolnshire site formerly operated as a gas station. Under the agreement, defendants Bill Anest, Peter Anest, and their businesses, State Oil Company, S & S Petroleum, BAPA, LLC and PT, L.L.C., also will pay a civil penalty of $10,000 to be allocated to the Environmental Protection Trust Fund. The settlement, filed yesterday in Lake County Circuit Court, requires that all corrective measures undertaken by the defendants be certified by a professional engineer once they are accomplished. Madigan filed suit in July 2004 against the Anests after discussions that began in 2001 allegedly broke down regarding how best to clean up soil and groundwater contaminated by benzene and BETX at the former gas station property. Madigan’s suit alleged that leaking underground storage tanks were the source of the contamination. Although those tanks were removed in 1989, city officials claimed the contamination left behind presented not only a public health risk, but also a potential economic loss since the property could not be developed until the site was remediated. “This agreement is good news for Lincolnshire,” Madigan said. “Everyone is now on record that the cleanup will be completed according to the law and as soon as possible. Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Tomas is handling the case for Madigan’s Environmental Bureau.
Settlement to Stop Pollution at McCook Oil Recycling Plant; Company to Pay $50,000 Civil Penalty Chicago – Following years of complaints from the community near a Cook County oil recycling facility, Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced her office has reached an agreement that requires that further steps be taken to prevent sulfur-like odors from plaguing residential neighbors. Ortek, Inc., which owns and operates a used oil recycling plant at 7601 W. 47th St. in McCook, also will pay a $50,000 penalty as part of the settlement. “Just because people happen to live near an industrial facility doesn’t mean they should be subjected to foul odors,” Madigan said. “This settlement and the additional steps Ortek must take to further clean up its act should improve air quality for nearby residents.” In addition to the $50,000 civil penalty, the settlement requires Ortek to: Implement a comprehensive, facility-wide monitoring program aimed at detecting and preventing odor emissions and other leaks during the oil recycling process; Undertake supplemental environmental projects valued at approximately $55,500, including installing a vapor recovery system on its wastewater treatment plant and a conservation vent on its oil recovery tank in the wastewater treatment plant; and Cease and desist from any further violations of Illinois environmental protection laws. Ortek’s recycling process involves heating used oil in distillation towers. In 1998, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) granted Ortek a permit to construct an air pollution control device known as an afterburner, which was designed to reduce odors released into the air during the distillation process. The construction permit required the afterburner to achieve a minimum temperature to be effective and to have a temperature sensor and recorder to document its performance. The construction permit also required that Ortek use an approved testing service to measure particulate matter, carbon monoxide and volatile organic material emissions from its facility to ensure that the afterburner effectively reduced emissions. A 180-day probation period for the afterburner was allowed under the construction permit before an operating permit was required. As part of the settlement, filed January 10, in Cook County Circuit Court, Ortek admits that it caused or allowed air pollution and violated several conditions of its IEPA air pollution control equipment construction permit by constructing and operating the afterburner for more than 180 days without the required temperature sensor and recorder and without conducting the required testing. However, Ortek denies allegations that it operated without an IEPA air pollution control equipment operating permit or created a public nuisance. Assistant Attorney General Michael Partee handled the case for Madigan’s Environmental Bureau in Chicago.
IEPA to Continue Strong Partnership with Fox River Study Group On behalf of Governor Rod Blagojevich, Illinois EPA Director Doug Scott praised the Fox River Study Group based as an outstanding model for local participation in protecting a major watershed and pledged continued technical and financial support by the state. “Mobilizing a unique coalition of concerned citizens, activist groups, wastewater agencies and communities and state and federal agency resources, the Fox River Study Group is leading the way in protecting this vital and scenic Illinois waterway,” said Director Scott, who joined other partners in the study in Aurora on August 25th, 2005 to reiterate their support for continued progress in evaluating and protecting the Fox River. “This study would not be possible without the support of the Illinois EPA. From the beginning they have provided critical technical and financial support for the study,” stated Jack Darin, Director of the Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club, one of the partners in the Fox River Study Group. “Under Governor Blagojevich, IEPA also is taking major steps to better protect rivers in fast-growing regions like this one, including moving toward phosphorus controls on wastewater plants and improving the process for approving new sewer line extensions to better protect water quality,” Darin’s statement added. “The Fox River Study Group extends our gratitude to the Illinois EPA for its strong leadership support and monetary contributions to our collective undertaking to preserve the water quality of the Fox River,” stated Cindy Skukrud, Chair of the Fox River Study Group. Since 2001 the Illinois EPA and various municipalities, park districts, watershed groups and homeowner associations have partnered, along with the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission, to implement 21 projects within the Fox River Basin. These projects are intended to reduce nonpoint source pollution contributing to the impairments of the Fox River. Such “Best Management Practices” as wetland restoration, streambank and shoreline restoration, installing a bio-infiltration parking lot, dam removal and detention pond retrofits have been undertaken to protect and restore the Fox River watershed. Illinois EPA has provided more than $3.4 million in federal funds for these projects from federal Clean Water Act Section 319 funds that it administers.
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Gov. Blagojevich signs legislation to protect children from environmental hazards
In an effort to protect Illinois’ children from harmful environmental hazards, Gov. Blagojevich signed legislation on August 4, 2005 that will streamline state efforts and provide vital information to parents with questions about a variety of environmental hazards. House Bill 4067 will establish a Children’s Environmental Health Officer under the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to coordinate with all state agencies involved in environmental issues related to children. “Children are more at risk to be harmed by hazardous materials than adults. Kids are smaller, and they get closer to dangers by playing in dirt, crawling around on dusty floors or playing in creeks. This effort will help parents, educators and caregivers have an easier time knowing how to protect their children from environmental hazards,” said Gov. Blagojevich. The Children’s Environmental Health Officer will serve as the chief advisor to the Director of Public Health on matters relating to environmental protection concerning children. The position will require working with boards, departments and other offices within the Department in assessing the effectiveness of statutes, rules and programs designed to protect children from environmental hazards. The officer will also coordinate research, regulatory efforts and data collection with other state agencies such as, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and the Illinois Department of Agriculture. “While our Department works with other state agencies to provide helpful information on environmental concerns like lead poisoning, West Nile virus, and pesticide use, this law will create a more centralized approach when collecting data and implementing programs,” said Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, state public health director. “This environmental health officer will allow state agencies to best coordinate efforts to ensure parents and caregivers are effectively informed about potential hazards and how they can protect children from toxic exposures.” Some of the responsibilities of the environmental health officer include: • Evaluate and reduce childhood exposures to dangerous materials at hazardous waste sites, from chemical releases, in schools, at home and from illegal methamphetamine labs.
• Target parents and children with environmental health educational messages. • Inform education personnel about ways to reduce childhood exposures in schools, especially in the areas of pesticide use and school chemical storage. • Continue to collect and analyze data on birth defects and childhood cancers. • Explore asthma triggers and effects as well as support statewide asthma prevention initiatives. • Ensure recreational facilities, public swimming pools, campgrounds, and youth camps are safe for children. • Help schools practice effective food safety procedures. House Bill 4067 was sponsored by Rep. Karen May (D-Highland Park) and Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago). “I am pleased that the Governor is signing this important legislation and giving the children of Illinois the protection they deserve,” said Rep. May. “As children’s bodies develop and grow, they are more susceptible than adults to a number of conditions that can greatly reduce their quality of life and, in some cases, can be fatal. Just as we have an office to monitor women’s health and minority health, now our children can be extended the same vigilance.” “We want to make sure the right people on environmental advisory boards, state and federal agencies and those directly involved in programs associated with children and the environment have the opportunity to weigh in on how to continue to protect children from the variety of air, water and soil hazards that are in our environment,” said Sen. Hunter. Under the new law, the Children’s Environmental Health Officer will produce a report to the General Assembly and the Governor on January 1, 2007 and biannually following that date. The report will include information on progress made by programs within the Department to address children’s environmental health issues.
Illinois takes ENERGY STAR Challenge on 2nd anniversary of worst blackout in U.S. history Lt. Governor Pat Quinn joined representatives from the U.S. EPA and the University of Illinois at Chicago on August 29, 2005 for a rooftop press conference to announce that Illinois is accepting the ENERGY STAR® Challenge to cut state energy use by 10 percent by 2012. On the second anniversary of the worst power outage in North American history, Quinn saluted the University of Illinois at Chicago for taking innovative measures to save energy, such as using a durable soy-based product as a rooftop sealant. A demonstration of the biodegradable product being applied occurred at the rooftop press conference. Two years ago this month, a perfect storm of near-peak demand, computer and human errors and obsolete equipment plunged 50 million people into darkness in the Northeast and Canada. The outage shut down 100 power plants and 12 airports, and is estimated to have cost $6 billion. To reduce the chances of such a blackout occurring in Illinois, Gov. Rod Blagojevich convened the “Special Task Force on the Condition and Future of the Illinois Energy Infrastructure” and named Quinn Chairman. The final report of the panel included recommendations to cut pressure on the electric grid by boosting energy efficiency standards and programs, and placing more emphasis on green infrastructure. “Two years ago, the Northeast was paralyzed by a blackout,” Quinn said. “The ENERGY STAR Challenge to cut Illinois’ energy usage by 10 percent will help protect businesses and consumers from costly outages. And we commend the University of Illinois at Chicago for employing such cutting edge measures as sealing the roof of this and other buildings with environmentally-friendly, Illinois-grown soy products instead of petroleum products from the Middle East.”
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The US EPA introduced ENERGY STAR in 1992 as a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The ENERGY STAR label is now on more than 40 product categories which include major appliances, office equipment, lighting, home electronics, new homes and existing commercial buildings saving $10 billion. The ENERGY STAR Challenge calls on businesses and institutions across the country to take steps to identify buildings where financially attractive improvements can improve energy efficiency by 10% or more, and make the improvements now through proven methods such as low-cost building tune-ups, lighting upgrades, and replacement of old equipment. States accepting the ENERGY STAR Challenge include Delaware, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Earlier this year, Quinn was named Chairman of the Illinois Green Government Council to promote pollution prevention, resource conservation and energy efficiency practices into state government operations. “Every August, we need to take a few moments to consider the importance of energy to our commerce and culture, and recognize the need to be efficient with it,” Quinn said. “The bold ENERGY STAR Challenge to cut energy usage by 10 percent, and innovative projects such as soy-based rooftops at UIC and Shedd Aquarium will lead to greater energy reliability and independence.” For more information about the ENERGY STAR Challenge, see BlackoutSolutions.org.
County Releases 2004 Solid Waste Report WHEATON, IL — DuPage County released it’s 2004 Solid Waste Report, which details the implementation, review and updating of the County’s Solid Waste Management Plan. The report also highlights the County’s recycling rate, which is above what the state mandates. The report, which was released on Thursday, contains detailed information regarding the solid waste management efforts in DuPage County, including current recycling rates, information on the County’s Household Hazardous Collection Program and an analysis of the County’s Latex Paint Recycling Program. “I want to thank all the local government agencies and the waste management businesses that participated in the preparation of this report,” said Robert Schillerstrom, Chairman of the DuPage County Board. “Through our combined efforts, cooperation and commitment, DuPage County’s recycling rate for 2004 far exceeds the state mandate.” The DuPage County Department of Economic Development and Planning is responsible for implementing, reviewing and updating the County’s Solid Waste Plan. This document accounts for the reported quantity of waste collected by haulers and processed by waste handling facilities for 2004. Michael McMahon (District 3), County Board Member and Chairman of the DuPage County Environmental Committee, notes that this report shows the County’s commitment to ensuring a highquality of living. “This report is a testament to the County and municipalities’ commitment to reducing waste generated and increasing recycling rates in communities throughout our County,” said McMahon. “The success we are seeing is the direct result of the county and local municipalities working together.” In the County’s report is data on residential refuse and recyclable materials collected by waste haulers in municipalities and unincorporated areas. It also reports waste and recycling dates from facilities located within the county including a municipal waste transfer station and a recycling facility. In addition, residential non-hazardous and hazardous waste collected at special events and seasonal programs is also represented in this report. Of particular note in the report is the County’s successful recycling rate. Currently, the state mandates a recycling rate goal of 25 percent. DuPage County, as demonstrated in this report, is at 36.8 percent.
Landmark environmental law to help protect families and communities, hold polluters accountable …Illinois becomes nation’s leader on community right-to-know issues Governor Rod R. Blagojevich recently signed into law a bill making Illinois the nation’s leader in ensuring communities’ right-to-know about potentially dangerous local environmental threats. The new law also gives the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) new powers to expedite cleanups in instances when the public may be at risk of exposure to contaminants. “The people of Illinois have the right to know if there’s dangerous pollution n their own communities,” said Gov. Blagojevich. “Signing this landmark legislation puts Illinois at the forefront of protecting families, empowering communities and championing public health. This law gives Illinois EPA the long overdue authority it needs to order polluters to clean up contamination quickly.” “I am grateful to the Governor and the General Assembly for passing this legislation,” said Ann Muniz, a DuPage County resident whose private well was found contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in 2001. “People need information, and someone to talk to when they have questions so they can make informed decisions about their families’ health.” The Community Right-to-Know bill, proposed by IEPA, was prompted by the Agency’s experience with homeowners in DuPage County. IEPA conducted an unprecedented sampling of hundreds of private wells in the area after initial samples indicated a plume of groundwater contamination in the vicinity of the Lockformer plant in Lisle. Lockformer denied that it caused off-site contamination from spills of solvents containing the same VOCs that were later detected in the homeowners’ wells. Although IEPA has no legal jurisdiction over private wells, the Agency worked successfully with lawmakers and county and local officials to help more than 700 homeowners connect to a public water supply. Under the new law, Illinois EPA and the Illinois Department of Public Health will work with county and local health departments to determine the best notification method depending on the type of pollution, the community, and other circumstances. Methods could include direct mail notices, phone calls, door-to-door visits, community and small group meetings, public service announcements and flyers. While all of these techniques have been used by IEPA for several years, the new legislation codifies a systematic approach and makes polluters financially responsible for bearing reasonable notification costs. The new law requires responsible parties to bear the costs of all reasonable measures taken to inform the affected public of exposure risks from any off-site con-
tamination. This will now be mandatory in cases where groundwater and drinking water sources have been contaminated, at sites where entry and access have been prohibited to protect public safety, as well any emergency involving the release of a hazardous substance. Illinois new comprehensive system for notifying communities about pollution combined with its new power to force polluters to cover notification costs puts the state at the nation’s forefront in terms of community-right-to-know laws. Another key part of the legislation gives IEPA an authority that most other state environmental agencies already have, to issue “administrative orders” which compel responsible parties to clean up or contain hazardous contaminants released into the environment. Until now, the Agency had to ask the Attorney General to seek a court order in such cases. “Thanks to this new law, which would not have been possible except for the exemplary work of former IEPA Director Renee Cipriano, for the first time in its history, IEPA will be able to require immediate public notification and action when pollution puts public health at risk,” said Sen. John Cullerton (D-Chicago), the chief Senate sponsor. “It guarantees due process while underscoring a vital tenet of environmental law: the polluter pays.” “Senate Bill 241 is one of the most important pieces of environmental legislation ever passed in this state,” said Thomas Holbrook (D-Belleville), chief House sponsor. “It ensures that citizens get meaningful information and helps IEPA do its job better.” Gov. Blagojevich also praised co-sponsors Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Westmont), Sen. Mattie Hunter (DChicago), Rep. Patricia Bellock (R-Westmont), Rep. John Fritchey (D-Chicago), Rep. James Meyer (RNaperville) and Rep. Michael Smith (D-Canton) for their tireless efforts in obtaining passage of the bill. Parties who are issued an administrative order have the right to appeal to the Pollution Control board. The law, which goes into effect immediately, provides for IEPA to adopt specific rules on the costs that will be covered under the law. “I look forward to implementing this new program which will enhance the Agency’s already strong outreach and enforcement efforts,” said IEPA Director Doug Scott. “Very recently, IEPA kicked off a pilot community-right-to-know program in South Cook County that was designed with the help of a citizen advisory committee.”
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Trends for Buildings & Environments | from page 7 tions – for moisture intrusion is in high demand. Regelbrugge is Director, Environmental Health and Safety Services with Boelter & Yates, consulting engineers. “In the past five years most insurance companies have written “mold” coverage out of their policies,” he says. “This left building owners fully responsible for the cost of mold remediation as well as costs to repair other related damage caused by excess moisture.” “Building owners or managers will hire a forensic architect to conduct investigations to determine the cause and origin of the moisture and the extent of the damage. Through these investigations it is possible to determine if the problem stems from poor design (the architect), material defects (the manufacturer), or improper installation (the contractor),” says Regelbrugge. “If serious deficiencies are found, building owners have been able to file and win multimillion dollar settlements against the parties deemed responsible for the damage.” “In years past law suits filed to recuperate costs of mold remediation for health reasons had not been very successful,” adds Regelbrugge. “The focus has changed from “mold” to moisture intrusion and with professional reports sighting structural damage to wood and metal, degradation to the fire rating as well as health concerns, the courts are favoring building owners.” “Most of the buildings we are working with are relatively new, constructed within in the past 20 years. With the explosion of new construction in the past few years, there have been a lot of deficiencies due to inexperienced workers and designers at all levels. Some of our inspections are not finding a single source for the damage but defects at several levels from design through installation.” Moisture damage can cause millions of dollars to repair and no one wants to bear those costs especially if they are not responsible.
Insurance Issues and Alternatives Mold Exclusions are becoming commonplace with most underwriters so it’s important to get specific coverage for mold and moisture problems. In addition to mold concerns, there are many key areas that buildings owners and operators would be well served to become more knowledgeable about. According to Terry Strawn, American Risk Management Resources Network (ARMR), LLC, the most common environmental and regulatory exposures encountered at single and mixed use commercial properties can include but are not limited to: • Information unavailable regarding where all the floor drains discharge. • Corroded wastewater and storm water sewers.
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▲ The Chicago Police Station located in Beverly has an LEED Silver Rating. • Inadequate knowledge by the owner about the operations and possible use of hazardous materials by some or all of the tenants.
tory compliance policy. According to David J Dybdahl, CPCU, President of ARMR, as reported in the article Mold • The possible use of chemicals at multiple locaForces Restoration Contractors to Face a New tions on the property. Insurance Reality, that • Poor or nonexistent appeared in the March underground tank and The major types of environmental insur2005 issue of ICS Cleaning piping management Specialist Magazine, programs. ance includes but is not limited to the fol“Anyone working with • Underground storage lowing: site-specific EIL insurance, enviwater in the built environtanks removed or abandoned for ment needs to be aware ronmental professional errors and omisunknown reasons. that without primary insur• Improperly maintained ance in the cost recovery sions liability insurance, asbestos and lead PCB-containing elecmix, the chances of being trical equipment. abatement contractors general liability sued for mold –related • Uncertainties about damages increase dramatithe historical use of insurance, environmental remediation, cally. The domino effect of the property. remediation stop-loss insurance and an uninsured mold claim • Formaldehyde in the illustrates how an uninworkplace. underground storage tank regulatory sured mold claim on a • Radon emissions. homeowner’s insurance compliance policy. • Direct exposure to the transforms into a toxic tort general public. claim against a restoration • Complacent attitude by building management about the possicontractor and other potential responsible parties.” bility of environmental liabilities. He continues, “To avoid costly uninsured • Noise and air emission nuisance problems to claims, all service providers working with water in adjacent residential neighborhoods. the built environment must now implement a The insurance industry now offers a new class proactive water intrusion/mold risk management of insurance designed to cover environmental protocol including loss prevention and environdamage claims. “Environment Insurance” includes mental insurance to deal with the fundamental both first and third party coverage forms. The change that mold exclusions have made to the major types of environmental insurance includes business world.” but is not limited to the following: site-specific EIL Editor’s note: We”ll continue our discussion of insurance, environmental professional errors and Green Building trends in future issues. Please feel omissions liability insurance, asbestos and lead free to send us your ideas and share your experiabatement contractors general liability insurance, ences with us. ≠ environmental remediation, remediation stop-loss insurance and underground storage tank regula-
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Professional Services Directory ARCHITECTS / ENGINEERS Coder Taylor Associates 847-382-4100 Architects • Research • Engineering Specifications • Reserve Studies
Gustitus Group, Inc. ARCHITECTURE/PRESERVATION/CONSULTING
ATTORNEYS Orum & Roth, Ltd. 312-922-6262 Intellectual Property Law Trademarks • Patents Condominium Law General Litigation
Hard Surface Solutions 815-344-8400 / 630-674-4520 Concrete Flatwork Specialists Asphalt Paving Curbs & Driveways / Sidewalks Footings & Foundations Colored & Stamped Concrete Aggregate Finish Concrete Contact Mark Neville
Contact Mark D. Roth
773-665-9900 Specializing in the restoration and repair of high rise buildings. 2000 N. Racine Ave., #4800 Chicago, Illinois 60614
BANKING Community Advantage of Barrington Bank & Trust 847-304-5940
Kellermeyer Godfryt & Hart, P.C. 773-714-0033
Loans, Reserve Investments & Lock Box Services
Investigations and Repair Documents for: Exterior Walls, Roofs, and Parking Garages Condition Surveys and Reserve Studies www.KGHPC.com
BUILDING RESTORATIONS Riggio/Boron Ltd.
McGinty Brothers Professional Lawn & Tree Care 847-438-5161
Pizzo & Associates 815-495-2900 ELEVATORS/CONSULTANTS
A Total Exterior Facade Restoration Company
Otis Elevator Co. 312-575-1629
DUCT CLEANING LM Consultants, Inc. 847-573-1717
Brouwer Brothers Steamatic
Reserve Analysis Studies Property Evaluations Maintenanace Procedure Review ADA & Code Compliance Studies
800 CLEAN54 (253-2654) 708-396-1447 (24-hour service line)
Concrete By Sennstrom (630) 406-1200
Kinsale Contracting Group, Inc. 630-325-7400 See our ad on page 35. www.kinsalecg.com
ASPHALT Hard Surface Solutions 815-344-8400 / 630-674-4520 Contact Mark Neville
All types of Environmental Cleaning.
CUSTOM CONCRETE DESIGNS Install New Concrete / Remove Old Concrete Waterproof Concrete Repair Concrete Seal Concrete Walks • Pool Decks • Balconies Professional Service Since 1970
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LAKE & POND CLEANING Organic Sediment Removal Systems (608) 565-7105 contact: Rich Kohutko www.pondclean.com
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LANDSCAPE & SITE LIGHTING John Deere Landscapes 815-469-7575
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Norton Sons Roofing & Sheet Metal Co., Inc. 800-886-ROOF
MOLD REMEDIATION Kinsale Contracting Group, Inc. 630-325-7400 See our ad on page 35. www.kinsalecg.com
Baum Property Services, LTD., AAMC 630-897-0500 Caruso Management Group, Inc. Residential & Commercial
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McGill Management, Inc. 847-259-1331
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Spies & Associates Engineering â€˘ Pavement Analysis Construction Management & Inspection
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Corbrook Enterprises 847-604-0857
ROOFING B.T. Lakeside Roofing 630-628-0093
Hard Surface Solutions 815-344-8400 / 630-674-4520 Contact Mark Neville
TREE CARE & PRESERVATION CSR Roofing Contractors 708-848-9119 www.csr-roofing.com
Autumn Tree Care 847-729-1963
Pressure Washing Systems Environmental, Inc. 708-652-9274 www.pressurewashingsystems.com
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John Deere Landscapes 815-469-7575
Kramer Tree Specialists, Inc. 630-293-5444 Tree Pruning, Tree Removal, Cable Bracing, Plant Health Care, Tree Planting & Transplanting E-mail: KramerTree@aol.com
McGinty Brothers Professional Lawn & Tree Care 847-438-5161
Lakeshore Waste Services 773-685-8811
IFD, Inc. 708-547-8863 Renovation • New Construction Window Systems • Noise Abatement Curtain Wall Systems Aluminum Windows: Wausau,Winstrom, Fulton, Alumitech Wood Windows: Andersen, Kolbe& Kolbe Steel Windows: Crittall, Steelite
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BY JIM FIZZELL
The Weather and Your Landscape I
t was a hot one! The summer of 2005 was the hottest in quite a few years, and it was accompanied by record drought. In a band encompassing much of Illinois and parts of Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas, rainfall was almost nonexistent. Our rain gauges measured only 3.3 inches of precipitation from the first of May through September. This was nearly a foot less than normal for the period. Some areas received more than this but it has been dry everywhere. This dry weather this year is not the first, it is a continuation of dry weather that began some years ago. We reported in this column (Winter 2003-04) that the fall and winter of 2002 and 2003 were quite dry. The fall of 2003 was so dry that golf courses reactivated their irrigation systems late in the season to protect their greens from desiccation. Soils were dry to a depth of five feet. The 2004 season began with the soils abnormally dry. There was a slight recharge of ground water that spring, but the summer again was very dry. A disaster was averted because of the unusually cool weather. There was no heat wave, and on only one day did the official temperature reach 90 degrees. Plants can cope much better with drought if the weather is cool. Once again, the winter of 2004-05 started out dry, and there was not much snow or rain to recharge the dwindling ground water supply. Spring of this year started out dry as well, but the forecasters were predicting a return to normal precipitation by early summer. That never materialized. AUTUMN 2005
It is little wonder that ornamental plants and field crops have suffered so drastically this year. There was no reserve of soil moisture, and certainly there was not much in the way of rain to alleviate the situation.
Suffering Trees & Shrubs The result has been destruction of the corn crop in Illinois, and suffering by trees, shrubs and turf throughout the area. Most people notice the grass when it turns brown. Most never think about the effect on other plants that keep their green color even when they are dry. In fact, trees and shrubs have suffered greatly. Wilted woody plants are much less obvious to the general public than are wilted impatiens, for instance. When any plants are wilted, they cannot cool themselves and suffer internal injuries. At ambient temperatures of 85 degrees, the internal parts of a plant begin to die unless the plant can cool itself. There were about 45 days when temperatures exceeded 90 degrees last summer. If there had been adequate moisture, plants would have suffered little if any injury. In their wilted condition, there was a lot of damage. We have already seen a lot of branches in trees and shrubs turning yellow and the leaves falling. Wilted plants cannot photosynthesize so the carbohydrate reserve is depleted and cannot be restored. We will see a lot more damage next year when plants try to leaf out following the winter. We can expect to see dead branch tips and some entire limbs on which leaves fail to emerge. Entire plants may die over the winter, especially if they
do not receive any water. Shallowly-rooted plants such as lindens, maples, spruces and pines are vulnerable, especially plants growing in irrigated settings. Accustomed to receiving the water they need, they will suffer even more if no water is applied during mild spells in winter. Plants with depleted carbohydrates will simply die over the winter, unable to sustain themselves. Usually the roots die and the tops succumb after a feeble attempt at leafing out in spring. We will need to be prepared to do a lot of trimming and should expect to do some replanting next spring.
Future Precipitation To see if there is any relief in sight from this dry weather, we turn once again to our long-range weather guru, Greg Soulje*, for his take on the upcoming season. According to Greg, we should not look for much relief in the next few months. He expects the temperatures to average a little above normal through mid-December. We need to plan to water, he says, because nature will not be much help. The tropics will stay warm quite late this season. Systems moving up from the Gulf will miss us. The southern branch of the jet stream will block any activity from reaching this far north. For any improvement in the situation, the pattern would need to change. There are no El Nino or La Nina events in the offing for the near future, so there is nothing to initiate a change for now. Thus, the weather will remain mild and dry through the fall and early winter. There will be short shots of cold with a C H I C A G O L A N D B U I L D I N G & E N V I R O N M E N T S 23
little rain, but even normal rainfall for the next few months will not do much to recharge the parched subsoils. There should be a shot of cold in early November with a quick return to mild. Another short shot of cold can be expected in early December, but not a lot of cold or moisture through mid-December is anticipated,â€? says Greg.
Dormancy Problems The dry weather will not help our plantings, but at least we can water them. However, the mild fall and early winter can present another problem. Plants may have a tough time in mild weather developing the dormancy to protect them from cold should it ever arrive. So many times, a mild fall is followed by a sudden drop in temperatures to more seasonable levels. Plants not acclimated to the cold will suffer injuries. Twigs and stems of some plants can be killed outright. Others will be rendered susceptible to cankering diseases that will girdle and kill stems next summer.
Cultural Practices Help Survival Considering the past weather and the dry and mild fall we have had, there are some things that will help our plants survive. Obviously watering is high on the list. Make sure all your plants go into the winter well watered. That does not mean drowning them. Keeping the soil saturated
will further damage roots just trying to recover from the summer. Apply a measured, one inch of water to the entire area beneath each tree, and to shrub beds. Water may be needed again about every two weeks, so donâ€™t put the hoses away yet. Irrigation systems pose another problem. They must be shut down and drained before a freeze or they will be damaged. If they are not in operation when the plants need water, you may be forced to use hoses and sprinklers. Check the water output of these sprinklers by setting coffee cans beneath them to make sure they apply the necessary, one inch of water. Since trees and shrubs may have difficulty achieving dormancy, do not fertilize them until they are completely dormant. This may not be until after the first of the year. Also, trimming before the plants are completely dormant may cause them to begin growing. Pruning is a stimulant. Wait until the leaves have completely dropped off before doing any major trimming. Plan to do some trimming next year, and it may be necessary to do some replacements. Any large landscaped areas will have a certain percentage of plantings that need replacing each year. Next year may require more than normal. Turfgrass has taken a beating. Fall is normally the time to do any big repair projects. But, this year, water is a limiting factor. You may need to postpone any major lawn work until you can be sure
that there will be sufficient water to get the grass seed or sod well started. Lawns can be repaired in spring if necessary. Annuals that looked so bad all summer should have been replaced with mums, kale, pansies, or asters. If that was not done already, it is not too late to set out a few pots to brighten up the plantings. Outdoor work during the mild weather can include holiday decorations. We try to get the lights up by Halloween. It is easier, quicker and less expensive to do when the workers are not struggling just to keep warm. They do a better job too. The lights are turned on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Snow Removal Even though the prediction is a drier winter with less snow, at least early in the year, planning for snow removal is important. When the first three or four inches falls, and you must get the parking lot cleared before the staff arrives, it is nice to know where to put the white stuff. No one likes to make a decision at 3:00 a.m. when it is dark and windy and the snow just keeps coming. If the removal crew has no instructions, the snow will go wherever it is convenient. That may be on the lawn or in the shrub beds. Take a walk around your site with your snow removal contractor to pick out good places to pile the snow.
Plan for Next Year While you are at it, walk the site with your contractor to assess the past year, and to plan for next year. Every site has some disappointments, and they differ each year. Some seasons are better than others. Where there are definite changes needed, plan to get them done as soon as the new season begins. Where things did not turn out as well as expected, ask your contractor for suggestions. Every contractor has a good idea of how and why things happen, and has thought about it all year. Take advantage of the expertise and listen to the suggestions. Implementing the changes will often improve the appearance of your site and can save you money as well. â‰
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MEET OUR ADVISORY BOARD Harvey Alter, The Alter Group
Harvey Alter, The Alter Group
Kevin Block , ILT Vignocchi
Erikson Nystrom - Wealth Exchange Solutions
Delph Gustitus, AIA – Gustitus Group, Inc.
Steven D. Parkhurst Environmental Diagnostics
Greg Semmer, Kinsella Landscape, Inc.
Harvey Alter is a Vice President and a key member of The Alter Group’s business development and tenant relations team. In addition, he manages a number of asset management initiatives for the company’s national portfolio, including the roof preventive maintenance program and coordinates walk-throughs for risk management and loss control audits, as well as environmental compliance inspections. Mr. Alter joined Alter Asset Management in 1991. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in University Studies from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and is a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association, the Lombard Area Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Medical District Security Group. The Alter Group is a national corporate real estate development firm with five vertically integrated affiliate companies. Each offers specialized services, including brokerage, healthcare facility development, construction, and property management. The Alter Group, founded by William A. Alter in 1955, has developed close to 100,000,000 SF of speculative projects for its own portfolio and build-to-suit facilities for corporate users. This year, the company has 6,700,000 SF of space, worth $758,000,000, under development in national markets. The firm was recently ranked as # 4 in the National Real Estate Investor survey of America’s top office developers. Established in 1971, Alter Asset Management provides third-party property management and leasing services for institutional, corporate and private investors. In addition, it manages The Alter Group’s 17,000,000 SF portfolio of office, industrial, retail, office and industrial parks, and land. Alter Asset Management is headquartered in Lombard, IL, and maintains fully staffed offices in Phoenix, AZ, Atlanta, GA, and Lake Forest, IL. In other national markets, Alter Asset Management partners with regional or national property management firms to provide necessary services at the same high level.
Kevin Block , ILT Vignocchi
Tim Snowden - Heil, Heil, Smart & Golee AUTUMN 2005
Kevin Block has been active in Sales and Marketing for more than twenty years; most of which has been spent in the Landscape Services industry. His sales experience extends to positions with national companies such as Coldwell Banker, Primerica, and Associated Bureaus. He has held executive level positions with The Church Landscape Company/LandCare/TrugreenLandCare, CNS Landscape Services, and currently manages the sales efforts for ILT Vignocchi, Inc. based in Wauconda, Illinois.
Kevin is an active member of Illinois Landscape Contractors Association, Associated Landscape Contractors of America, and the International Facility Managers Association. Kevin is also an established corporate sales trainer and seminar presenter as well as being a certified public speaker and licensed program facilitator. Kevin has been affiliated with MCD Media since its inception and has been an active participant on Advisory Boards and numerous other MCD committees throughout his career.
Rick Brouwer, Brouwer Bros. Steamatic Rick Brouwer is co-owner of Brouwer Bros. Steamatic along with Larry Strickland. Brouwer Brothers Steamatic has more than a dozen staff and technicians that are certified by two of the leading organizations in the air duct and cleaning/restoration industries. The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), is recognized as the premier standard-setting organization in the field of HVAC system cleaning. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), is an independent, non-profit certification body that sets and promotes high standards and ethics within the cleaning, inspection and restoration industries. The IICRC’s Code of Ethics guarantees that the highest quality standards of workmanship and service will be provided to all clients, in a respectful and honest manner. In 1969, John and Mick Brouwer formed a company called Brouwer Brothers Steamatic. By forming this company, they brought, for the first time to the Chicagoland area, a patented steam carpet cleaning process that cleaned carpeting and furniture with hot water extraction. The company had a vision that included the continuing education of all personnel and the reinvesting of company profits into equipment, processes and on-going training. So what began as an operation out of John’s garage, is now a company that employs over 60 people and occupies a 30,000 square foot restoration center in Alsip, IL. Over the years, Brouwer Brothers Steamatic has taken on additional services, such as drapery cleaning, air duct cleaning, fire and flood restoration and mold remediation plus many other related services. Someone who becomes proficient in all of the above areas attains the Master Restoration Technician designation. Brouwer Brothers Steamatic is very proud of the fact that they have many Master Restoration Technicians, on their staff and an ASCR “Certified Restorer”.
Delph Gustitus, AIA – Gustitus Group, Inc. Delph Gustitus is Licensed Architect in Illinois. Mr. Gusitus is principal of Gustitus Group, Inc., an architectural, historic preservation, and consulting firm he started in Chicago in 1995. The firm's business is building renovation and repair, with expertise in exterior façade restoration, building condition surveys, historic preservation, window and curtain wall repair and replacement, water leakage investigation and repair, and exterior maintenance. A main area of interest for the firm is environmentally responsible, or "Green," restorations of older and historic buildings. C H I C A G O L A N D B U I L D I N G & E N V I R O N M E N T S 25
Previously, Mr. Gustitus was employed for six years at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE) in Chicago specializing in the investigation and repair of existing buildings. His experience at WJE included project management and project architect functions for window repair and replacement investigation, design, and construction administration; building condition surveys; investigation of distressed conditions in buildings, including environmental hazards; documentation and restoration of historic buildings; assessment of longterm durability of materials and assemblies; water leakage and air infiltration investigations and testing; peer review, consulting, and construction observation services for new construction; materials testing; and structural investigations. Prior to his employment at WJE, Mr. Gustitus was employed by the nation's largest design/build firm, The Austin Company. Mr. Gustitus was an architectural designer for new buildings from conception through design development. Earlier experience with Professional Service Industries, Inc. in Louisiana and Texas included field investigation, testing, and inspection for a variety of new public and private construction projects, hazardous waste site investigation, field and laboratory soils testing, and foundation engineering. Mr. Gustitus attended the University of Illinois and degreed as Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, 1984, Master of Architecture, 1988 and Master of Business Administration, 1988.
Steven D. Parkhurst, CIH, LIH, CSP, CIAQC Environmental Diagnostics Mr. Parkhurst is founder and principal scientist of Environmental Diagnostics, Inc., an industrial hygiene, safety and environmental consulting firm in Schaumburg, Illinois. In his 26 years of industrial hygiene and indoor air quality experience, he has spent nearly 16 years working with microbial issues. He holds a MS in Environmental Science, a BS in Biology as well as numerous certifications and licenses by national and state organizations. His experience as an expert witness has landed him speaking engagements with the prestigious Chicago Bar Association. Mr. Parkhurst has also published several papers and articles relating to microbial contamination issues helping building managers and property owners with the practical issues of mold remediation. EDI specializes in managing biological issues in high rise developments, commercial properties, residential housing and office environments.
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Erickson Nystrom - Wealth Exchange Solutions Erikson and the partners of Wealth Exchange Solutions (“WES”) have spent more than twenty seven year’s supporting advisors in the raising of over $1 billion in assets including over $100 million in real estate investments in the past year alone.WES works solely with real estate investors and their trusted advisors to develop a custom strategy for the tax deferred re-allocation of investment property. Prior to the success of WES, Mr. Nystrom was a founder of Dividend Capital Group (“DCG”), a leading real estate investment management company focused on institutional quality real estate financial products for individual and institutional investors. At DCG and WES, Erikson educated thousands of advisors and investors nationwide on the structures and planning potential available through a proactive use of like-kind exchanges. Before his 12 years of institutional investment experience, Mr. Nystrom served as a US Army Infantry Captain during tours in Europe, as cadre of the US Army’s Ranger School, and in Desert Storm where he was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He received his bachelor’s degree in History from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. .
David Regelbrugge –Boelter & Yates David C. Regelbrugge, CIH, CSP is Director of Environmental Health and Safety services of Boelter & Yates, Inc., a licensed engineering firm which provides environmental health and safety solutions to industry, commercial developers, managers and operators, contractors, insurance companies, design firms and law firms. Regelbrugge has seventeen years experience in consulting, providing comprehensive occupational health and safety services. He has extensive compliance experience with State, OSHA, EPA and DOT regulations. In addition he has conducted numerous safety audits for private sector clients, experienced in noise studies, IAQ, mold and moisture investigations and program development. He is a Diplomat Member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association and a Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers. He is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago and most recently has been with Aires Consulting Group.
Timothy J. Snowden - Heil, Heil, Smart & Golee Timothy J. "Tim" Snowden is a Property Manager and Deputy Director of Property Management for the firm of Heil, Heil, Smart & Golee, Inc. located in Evanston, Illinois. He currently works with fifteen different community associations, including townhomes, condominiums and high-rise buildings. He has worked with over thirty different associations of all types and sizes. Tim Snowden is a 1994 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is accredited as a Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA) and an Accredited Management Specialist (AMS) with the Community Association Institute (CAI). The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) has
awarded him the Accredited Residential Management (ARM) accreditation. Before entering the community association management field, Tim Snowden spent five years in the passenger vessel industry earning his United States Shipmaster's License from the United States Coast Guard. He has also served in the United States Army Reserves where he served in the Engineers, Cavalry, and Infantry branches and achieved the rank of Captain in the Infantry. He is currently a member of Condo Lifestyles Magazine Advisory Board and is active with the CAIIllinois Chapter. Tim Snowden is a regular contributor to publications of interests to condominium owners and a sought after speaker on topics of interest to community associations.
Andy McCormack - Smithereen Pest Management Services Mr. McCormack is Vice President and has been with Smithereen since 1981. Andy has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois. He is certified by the Illinois Department of Health in General Pesticide Use & Restricted use in Termite, Food, Bird and Insect/Rodent Control and Food Service Sanitation. Smithereen is family-owned business since 1888 that serves over half a million commercial and residential customers each year. Smithereen serves Chicago and the surrounding communities from eight divisional offices and it's corporate offices in Evanston, IL. The company offers services for control and eradication of termites, bugs, birds, rodents, wildlife plus a full line of professional products and equipment.
Greg Semmer - Kinsella Landscape, Inc. Mr. Semmer is Vice President and partner in Kinsella Landscape, Inc. Greg is a 1987 graduate of Marquette University in Mechanical Engineering and has over eighteen years of experience in the landscape industry. Kinsella Landscape, Inc. was established in 1994 and provides a full range of landscape and exterior grounds services including landscape design, landscape construction, landscape management/maintenance, hardscape features, annual flower rotations, seasonal holiday decorations, and snow and ice management. The company has annual revenue of over seven million dollars with locations in Chicago and Blue Island. Kinsella Landscape, Inc. is an active member of the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association and Kinsella employees hold CLT and ASLA designations. The company is a Chicago Gateway Green Expressway Partner and a sponsor of the Neighborspace Program. Kinsella was recently named one of the New Millennium Top 50 Small Landscape Companies and has received numerous awards from the ILCA for excellence on client landscapes. Mr. Semmer and Kinsella president George Kinsella received the Condo Lifestyles Outstanding Leadership award in 2004.
Excellence in Landscape Awards T
he Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) Annual Excellence in Landscape Awards Ceremony was held at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace on February 25, 2005. More than 350 guests were present to honor the 52 projects receiving 24 Gold Awards, 19 Silvers and 9 Merits.
G O L D AWA R D S
Residential Landscape Construction • Private Residence, Lake Forest, Mariani Landscape
Multifamily Landscape Maintenance • Prairie Crossing, Landscape Concepts Management, Inc.
Commercial Landscape Maintenance • City Hall Rooftop Garden, Chicago, Moore Landscapes, Inc. • Woodfield Corp. Center, Moore Landscapes, Inc. • O’Hare Plaza, Moore Landscapes, Inc. • Little Bear Garden-Village of Glenview, TruGreen LandCare,
Multifamily Landscape Construction
• Hinsdale Residence, Western DuPage Landscaping, Inc.
• September 11th Memorial, Treemendous Landscape Co.
• The Dungan Residence, The Brickman Group, Ltd.
• Elliott Residence, Krugel Cobbles, Inc.
• Private Residence, Mariani Landscape
S I LV E R AWA R D S
• Private Residence, The Chalet
Residential Landscape Construction
• Leahy Residence, Krugel Cobbles, Inc.
• Cressy Residence at Crestwood Farms, Nilco, Inc.
M E R I T AWA R D S
• Hinsdale Residence, Hursthouse, Inc. • Private Residence, Winnetka, Heynssens + Grassman, Inc.
• Naperville Residence, Treemendous Landscape Company
• Private Residence, Glencoe, Mariani Landscape
• The Gross Addition, Plandscape, Inc.
• Lake Forest Residence, Heynssens + Grassman, Inc.
• Wamberg Residence at Hidden Ponds, Nilco, Inc.
• Bank Note Place, Robert Ebl, Inc.
Singular Feature • Duda Residence, Krugel Cobbles, Inc.
Residential Landscape Construction • Burr Ridge Residence, Western DuPage Landscaping, Inc. • Lake Geneva Residence, Van Zelst, Inc.
Commercial Landscape Construction
Residential Landscape Maintenance
• Erickson Residence, Kinsella Landscape, Inc.
• Wilmette Residence, Van Zelst, Inc.
• Glencoe Residence, Van Zelst, Inc.
• Private Residence, The Chalet
• City Park of Lincolnshire, Edmund M. Hayden, Inc.
• North Shore Residence, Schmechtig Landscape Company
Multifamily Landscape Construction
• Kochman Residence, The Chalet
• Block Y, Robert Ebl, Inc.
• North Shore Residence, Schmechtig Landscape Company • Kochman Residence, The Chalet
Commercial Landscape Construction • Moffat Mall in Chestnut Court, R. Sanchez & Sons, Inc. • North Lakeshore Drive Median Construction, Chicago, Moore Landscapes, Inc. • Washington Park Lagoon Rehabilitation, Clauss Brothers, Inc.
Commercial Landscape Maintenance • Salton, Inc., Moore Landscapes, Inc. • The Esplanades, TruGreen LandCare • Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Moore Landscapes, Inc.
Residential Landscape Maintenance
Commercial Landscape Maintenance
• Naperville Residence, Treemendous Landscape Co.
• Illinois Institute of Technology, Clarence Davids & Co.
• Greer Residence, Wingren Landscape, Inc.
• Mid-America Plaza, Moore Landscapes, Inc.
• Bagley Residence, Bertog Landscape, Co.
• Continental Executive Plaza, TruGreen LandCare
Commercial Landscape Construction • Waterford Pointe Entranceway and Clubhouse, Black Creek Canyon, Inc.
Multifamily Landscape Maintenance • Lake Barrington Shores, Clarence Davids & Co., James Martin Associates, Inc., and the Care of Trees • Berkshire Condominium Association, Western DuPage Services, Inc.
• Chicago Landscaped Medians South, Chicago, Moore Landscapes, Inc. • Westfield Shoppingtown Old Orchard, Skokie, Landscape Concepts Management, Inc.
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The Sky’s the Limit!
Magellan Development Brian D. Gordon, 41, who has been responsible for the development, leasing and sale of more than 5 million square feet of retail and office projects in the United States and Canada, has joined Magellan Development Group as vice president of development. One of the most prolific condominium developers in downtown Chicago, Magellan currently is co-developing the $4 billion Lakeshore East community on the Near East Side with NNP Residential & Development. Immediately prior to joining Magellan Gordon was senior vice president of Orix Real Estate Equities Inc. In that post he had working relations with such blue chip companies as Target, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowes, Best Buy, Circuit City, Nordstrom Rack, Borders Books, Sears, Office Max, Famous Footwear, Darden Restaurants and Kohls. “We anticipate a significant retail component at Lakeshore East and the addition of Brian Gordon to our staff will enhance our efforts to attract an outstanding tenant portfolio to serve our residents and neighbors,” said Magellan CEO Joel Carlins. Gordon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Real Estate and Finance and a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Appraisal and Investment Analysis, both from the University of Wisconsin. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the National Association of Industrial Office Properties (NAIOP) and the University of Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association. A village in the heart of downtown Chicago, Lakeshore East spans 28 acres, and is believed to be the largest parcel of downtown land under development in a major U.S. city. This mixed-use development incorporated all the elements of a traditional city neighborhood, including homes, retail, recreational opportunities and community amenities such as a lush public park and a planned elementary school – all located where the Chicago River meets Lake Michigan, just north of the city’s acclaimed new Millennium Park. The $4 billion Lakeshore East plan allows for the construction of up to 4,950 residences, a magnificent 6-acre public park, 2.2 million gross square feet of commercial space, 1,500 hotel rooms, 770,000 square feet of retail space and a planned elementary school.
Condo Lifestyles State-of-the-Industry Seminar on Dec.16th The ninth annual Condo Lifestyles State of the Industry program will be held on December 16th at The Chicago Historical Society located at Clark Street at North Avenue, Chicago, IL. The seminar will feature an Update and Overview on Chicago Ordinances & Condominium Issues by Alderman Burton Natarus. The program will feature segments on Life Safety & Fire Protection, A Day in the Life of a Community Association, a legal update and question/answer session. The program will also offer a review & forecast of trends for community associations. Information tables, resources and handouts ▲ Alderman Burton F. Naturus will be available on the topics of Security, Emergency Communications Systems, Natural Gas, Energy Management, Indoor Air Quality and many other key issues in community living. You can find more information and a registration form on our back Inside page of this issue.
New Exit Strategies - Trends in §1031 Exchange Alternatives Another GREEN trend for Building Owners
oday’s real estate investors thinking of selling a property to lock in gains or to free up time for retirement share a growing list of concerns according to Erikson Nystrom, Managing Partner of Wealth Exchange Solutions. “Most investors are dreading the tax bill on their appreciated assets and many have become tired of day-to-day management. They may also desire to consolidate, diversify, or upgrade holdings and if possible, improve cash flow on their real estate assets.” “With certain markets and property types providing better than expected returns, many investors now face sizable gains without a defined exit strategy,” Nystrom adds. “It used to be that selling real estate
and buying another investment property in a §1031 tax-deferred exchange was a typical option. But it’s different now,” he comments. Investors are faced with a wide array of financial concerns – from providing for a college education to preparing for retirement, planning an estate, or supporting an aging parent. Nystrom warns, “Under these circumstances, swapping into a replacement property with new headaches or marginal cash flow may not be the best answer.” Fortunately, recent government guidelines have spurred a wider choice of “turn-key” solutions for investors to consider as replacement property in an exchange. Nystrom adds, “These new options include tenant-in-common (“TIC”), Delaware trust, UPREIT, and private royalty interests offered as security investments. These programs take the
stress out of short identification periods, eliminate day-to-day management, increase the grade and quality of real estate investments, and may improve income potential. Many programs provide a “coupon clipper” or “mailbox management” investment that can save investors time and money.” “Because these investments involve varying degrees of risk and are not suitable for everyone, interested investors should seek competent, objective guidance when considering an exchange or any replacement property solution,” says Nystrom. Properly planned and implemented, these innovative strategies can help investors preserve real wealth for the future and better enjoy their life today. ≠
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Gateway Green Partners Give Kennedy Exp
“[Chicago] Gateway Green’s Expressway Partnership is like an adopt-ahighway program … but on steroids.” So says Christy Webber of Christy Webber Landscapes. For the last six years she has served as a vendor and sponsor of this, shall we say, ‘robust’ public/private program that transforms Chicago roadways into parkways. Given the recent public scrutiny of performance enhancing drugs, one must wonder if Webber’s hyperbole is entirely appropriate. Assuming that Chicago Gateway Green is not actually injecting roadside vegetation with muscle juice (they’re not), and assuming that they are indeed out-performing expectations (they are), then bring on the sporting metaphors. It’s about hometown pride: “When we put our name on that [Expressway Partnership] sign, it says we are proud to be to part of the community,” says Joe Gregoire, president & CEO for Illinois Banking National City Bank of the
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Midwest. It’s about beating the competition: “Chicago is the #1 convention city in the country and if we want to keep that status we have to keep making our city the most beautiful city in the world,” says Tim O’Malley, publisher of Concierge Preferred. And it’s about how you play the game: “When companies are able to link their civic pride with their marketing and communications, it is absolutely assured that the outcome will be enhanced feelings of good will between consumers and those companies,” explains Steve Platcow, CEO of RPM Advertising. Okay, that one was a bit of a stretch. Nonetheless, Chicago Gateway Green seems to be gaining fans (corporate sponsors, political advocates, and presumably daily commuters) right and left. Millions of Chicago motorists have already seen the signs of their work. Literally they are orange oak leafs with sponsor recognition panels demarking sponsored sections of beautification
work. Figuratively, they are miles and miles of developed green space and thousands upon thousands of trees, shrubs and flowers. Subtly, this work has been going on for the last six years, and serves as a major catalyst to Chicago’s overall image revamp as a leader in national urban environmental circles, and as one of the most beautiful big cities in the world. However, what is not so subtle is the new initiative that they have developed on the Kennedy Expressway (and will eventually roll out on the other six major interstate roads leading into the city). “This year alone we have planted 7,500 new trees and shrubs on the Kennedy. We have doubled the acreage of our landscaped zones and have effectively connected O’Hare Airport to the Loop Corridor with contiguous undulating mow lines,” says Chicago Gateway Green director of operations, Elizabeth Low. To be clear: this is major, major work. Building from the traditional adopt-ahighway model, Chicago Gateway Green was already forging new ideas of where— and how well—green space could be developed. But architect of the new design, Doug Hoerr of Douglas Hoerr Landscape Architects, provided the vision to take those ideas even further. “What was missing was tying it all together, to create a much stronger sense of place on the interstate.” After testing the idea on a section of the Kennedy from Harlem to Nagle, the plan was implemented up and down the Kennedy. Expectedly, it immediately caught the eye of other landscapers. “We get calls every month from landscape
xpressway New Environment companies wanting to know how they can be part of the program,” says Bill Bracken, executive director of Chicago Gateway Green. “This work is literally going to change the experience of driving the expressway. And we’re fortunate to have our vendors believe so much in the program that they also invest back into it with sponsorship of their own sites.” Greg Semmer of Kinsella Landscape, one of five vendors currently working in the program, testifies to that. “The Expressway Partnership is a great way for us to showcase our work to hundreds of thousands of people each day. What bet-
ter way to advertise?” And what better way to give back to the community? “Certainly there’s that too. Chicago is a real leader in public landscaping and the work on the Kennedy is a benefit to everyone. More green space is always a benefit.” But certainly not all advocates of beautification have the passion (and specific business opportunity) of the greenthumbed. So is this more than just making things look nice? “Yes,” claims Jerry Roper, president and CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and (full disclosure) co-chairman of Chicago Gateway Green’s Board of
Directors. “If a city is to grow in terms of business, tourism, quality-of-life, it needs to have a responsible long-term development plan. In this day and age that means attention to the environment. That means the public and private sector working together towards mutually beneficial goals.” Fortunately, the other, public half of that partnership agrees. Mayor Richard M. Daley has long been a proponent of Chicago Gateway Green, but their work has captured the attention of Springfield too. Tim Martin, secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation, points to Chicago Gateway Green’s Kennedy project as the model for all such highway projects. “Transportation officials across the nation should take note of Gateway Green’s work on the Kennedy expressway. These efforts should become the gold standard for effective and beneficial public/private partnerships.” With such a seeming outpouring of support one most wonder: why isn’t the entire expressway system re-landscaped
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READERSHIP PROFILE 7000 PRIMARY READERSHIP DEVELOPERS, OWNERS & PROPERTY MANAGERS OF COMMERCIAL & MULTI-FAMILY PROPERTIES 2975 OFFICE PARKS - DEVELOPERS & MANAGERS & TENANTS 1125 COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS ªCONDOMINIUM BOARDS & MANAGERS) 750 CORPORATE OFFICES & CAMPUSES 400 HOME BUILDERS 400 APARTMENTS - OWNERS & MANAGERS
300 INSTITUTIONAL (HOSPITALS, GOVERNMENT, UNIVERSITIES, ETC.) 250 SHOPPING MALLS & RETAIL CENTERS 200 PARK DISTRICTS & SCHOOLS 200 GOLF COURSES 400 PROMOTIONAL DISTRIBUTION
EDITORIAL OVERVIEW COVER STORY MARKET FOCUS ARTICLES
Successful organizations, such as real estate firms, corporations, institutions, developments, public agencies and others are nominated: one is selected for the cover story. Use of environmental industry standards, technology, professionals, leadership, reputation, awards and special achievements are key criteria. We profile these buyers and highlight their outstanding achievements. Additional nominees are incorporated into related market focus articles. Nomination forms are available upon request.
SPECIAL FEATURES Award pictorials, research, key issues and concerns, impact of weather, etc., are covered in this manner. Since education is an important focus of CB&E, every issue will include articles and features dealing with current trends in the marketplace. Standardizing terminology in regard to landscape-related products and services is another objective of CB&E.
DEPARTMENTS Regular trends covered include: • Indoor Air Quality • Energy Efficiency • Government Briefs • Toxic
Association’s Avenue Provides membership profile, history, background, programs and related information on various non-profit educational organizations. Awards programs and designations are sometimes included. Buyer Tips Contributes valuable seasonal practical tips and ideas. Industry Happenings/Event Highlights Previews and recaps various special events, programs, conferences, seminars, etc. Editorial Sponsorships CB&E will provide information, statistics and findings based on professional research, as well as feature editorials by our staff. Parties interested in sponsoring or presenting new research should contact the publisher. Growings & Clippings Contains information on corporate and executive news plus noteworthy items, Terms & Trends Offers terminology, definitions, trends, explanations, etc. Subscription & Circulation CB&E is available at $19.95 for an annual subscription. Qualified buyers and prospective subscribers or sponsors may receive a sample issue periodically. Consider the amount of money you manage relative to landscaping and secure regular delivery of the CB&E through a subscription or Authorized Distributor agreement. AUTUMN 2005
Kennedy Expressway New Environment | C O N T I N U E D F R O M P A G E 3 1 yet? “I’m working on it!” laughs Bracken. “The new design on the Kennedy has certainly raised the profile of what we’re doing, but the weather hasn’t helped out this summer.” For those of you keeping score at home, this has been the driest Chicago summer in the last 17 years. “The recent rain has helped to green up the grass, but once it starts really growing with the contrast in the mow lines you’ll really see the full vision of the design,” says Semmer. His firm has been busy battling the weather, sprinkling thousands of gallons of water along the roadways. Low reports that Kinsella’s efforts have paid off, “we’ve only lost about 6% of the plants which is consistent with even the best weather conditions along the expressway.” Oh yeah, that’s the other thing—this work is happening in the already-harsh surroundings of a major metropolitan thoroughfare. Think carbon dioxide. Excessive heat and wind. Think litter by the tonnage. Not to mention the winter salt trucks that will be here before we know it. Ugh. Though confident they remain, speaking in the easy tones of athletes used to the public pressures of high profile performance. They have a strong sense of the long-term nature of their work,
though an equally strong sense of the gravitas of the moment. Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of Chicago Gateway Green. The organization was founded by Don DePorter, father of the current co-chairman, Grant DePorter, managing partner of Harry Caray’s Restaurant. He explains that when his family moved here, driving in from O’Hare they were “seeing litter,
graffiti, no greenery whatsoever. It just looked bad. My sister and I immediately started yelling at my dad ‘we can’t move to this city!’…And he looked at us and said don’t worry about it, I’m gonna take change everything.” Though DePorter the elder has since passed away, given that many corporate partners of the program have been involved since the beginning, one gets the
sense that his spirit still guides the program. Not a fan of weeping nostalgia (this is after all the guy that “blew up the ball” in hopes of ending the Cubs curse), asked if his father would be proud, DePorter the younger smiles: “He’d probably say ‘I told you so!’” Apropos then our indefatigable sporting analogy, Chicago Cubs Senior Vice President of Marketing and Broadcasting and 6-year Expressway Partner, John McDonough provides the final word. “[The Expressway Partnership] is something that we look at and say that our ground crews couldn’t do any better than you see around that sign.” Given the world-renown of the friendly confines…a truly defining compliment. ≠
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he Alter Group has hired worldrenowned architect, Helmut Jahn to design Corridors IV, a 470,000 SF two-building office complex in Downers Grove, announced Michael J. Alter, President of the Chicago-based national corporate development firm. The building will pioneer a suite of green building, sustainable design and performance elements and is expected to be LEEDTM certified by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) - the first in the history of the Chicago suburbs. “Corporate America has identified a triple bottom line of economic, environmental and social values which has changed the way they report their performance and impact,” said Alter. “To serve our clients, The Alter Group has made a substantial investment in creating an environment that embraces this notion of sustainability in all its aspects.” “As one of the country’s top five office developers, The Alter Group has provided build-to-suit and speculative office space to Fortune 500 and entrepreneurial corporations alike,” said Alter. “Corridors IV represents the leading edge of best practices that we have developed
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with our clients as they seek to align their business network, physical space and work processes.” “With the recent signing of one of Chicago’s largest office transactions, the Corridors development is now 98 percent leased,” said Alter. “”All told, we completed five significant leases totaling 148,000 SF signed last year alone at rental rates in
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the mid- to high-teens”. “We want to advance the suburban office building,” said Jahn, whose most recent projects include the celebrated Deutsche Post building in Bonn, Germany, and the new Illinois Institute of Technology State Street Village in Chicago, IL. “Corridors IV will create a true integration between human, natural and financial capital. The planning concept for Corridors IV creates an exciting urban environment in a suburban setting which will foster teamwork, interaction and mobility, which characterize today’s knowledgeable worker. Like Corporate America, I think the younger generation, the people poised to dominate the workforce, are more socially conscious and demanding in terms of the environment. Corridors IV articulates a harmony between nature and commerce with its presence at the boundary of the magnificent Morton Arboretum, an internationally recognized outdoor museum with collections of more than 3,400 varieties of AUTUMN 2005
plant life. At night, the facade will even be lit with the colors of the landscape the green, the blue of the sky, the yellow of the sun.” Corridors IV comprises two 235,000 SF buildings on a 10.9-acre site on Finley Road with frontage on I-88 and I-355, and unimpeded views of the 1,700-acre Morton Arboretum to the west. Approximately 42,851,000 cars traverse the expressways annually. It is part of The Alter Group’s 108-acre Corridors - Chicago office park which is 93 percent leased. “The development clearly raises the bar for cost-effective, value-driven office space,” said Harvey Alter, Vice President, The Alter Group, “including more flexible floor plates, ultra-efficient core design and superior infrastructure. Additionally, over the long-term, the building achieves extraordinary operating efficiencies through its energy-efficient building systems and green design elements.” “We have created an elegant and highly efficient exterior glass envelope which will reduce solar gain and heat loss,
and allows natural light to flood the interior space,” said Randolph Thomas, Executive Vice President, The Alter Group. “From here, we have employed sophisticated green building strategies through the use of high-efficiency HVAC equipment, under-floor distribution and stateof-the-art controls to provide employee comfort and water conservation features such as low-flow plumbing fixtures, as well as indigenous drought-resistant plant material in the landscape design. All of this goes beyond green building strategies to establish a new concept that straddles cost and conscience.” To be consistent with the environmental ethos of the building, The Alter Group researched the availability of certain building materials and systems within a 500-mile radius, as well as those made from renewable sources. By purchasing these components from local firms, the distance traveled for transporting materials to the construction site is reduced dramatically. “The architectural concept of
Corridors IV suggests decisive movement,” said Thomas. “Its canted oblique knife-like edges have been purposely designed to draw people towards the structure. The open-air central auto court makes a dramatic design statement and architecturally ties the buildings together. Inside, the building will work to attract and retain employees through high-end amenities — state-of-the-art fitness and conference centers, a white-tablecloth restaurant and a full-service deli operation. In working with Murphy/Jahn, The Alter Group has gone to great lengths to think through the impact of the building on employees, management and visitors alike, maximizing the effect of the approach, entry and, ultimately, the experience of the building.” “In a continuation of the green theme, the design attempts to reduce the heat island effect by providing parking for most - if not all — of the required cars in a 1,700-car structured parking facility and creating a densely landscaped site environment to promote natural shading
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effects,“ said Christine Geraghty, Property Manager, Alter Asset Management The landscaping’s quality and quantity will be unprecedented for a speculative building, while its commanding visual impact complements the innovative building mass. A reflecting pond in front of Corridors IV also provides storm water detention. The Alter Group plans to submit Corridors IV for the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEEDTM (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Green Building Rating SystemTM, a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. This will make it the first suburban Chicago office building to meet the USGBC’s rigorous LEED standards. Helmut Jahn’s notable international projects include The Xerox Center; James R. Thompson Center; United Airlines Terminal One Complex; the Northwestern Atrium; 120 North LaSalle Street, all in Chicago; and the Messeturm, Frankfurt; the Hyatt Regency Roissy, Paris; Hitachi Tower, Singapore; Sony Center in Berlin,
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Bayer Headquarters, Leverkusen; Highlight Tower, Munich; and the Munich Airport Center, Munich, Germany. The firm, Murphy Jahn Associates, won the AIA Firm of the Year Award for 2005 and has recently won AIA project awards for Bayer Headquarters in Leverkusen, Germany, The National Post Tower in Bonn, Germany, and the IIT Student House Project in Chicago. Situated at the critical intersection of the East-West Tollway (I-88) and the North-South Tollway (I-355), the 108-acre Corridors - Chicago has unparalleled highway visibility. This interstate junction is unique when compared with other locations, because the tollways run adjacent to each other for approximately one mile before splitting off in separate directions. This 12-lane stretch overlooks and borders Corridors - Chicago, giving it more interstate frontage than any other suburban development in the metropolitan area. Already complete at the 108-business park are Corridors I and II, virtually iden-
tical five-story buildings totaling 300,000 SF; and Corridors III, which has seven stories and 217,500 SF. The Alter Group is a national corporate real estate development firm with five vertically integrated affiliate companies. Each offers specialized services including healthcare facility development, brokerage, construction, and property management. The firm, which was founded by William A. Alter in 1955, has developed close to 100,000,000 SF of speculative projects for its own portfolio and build-tosuit facilities for corporate users. In 2004, the company had 6,700,000 SF of space, worth $758,000,000, under development in growth markets across the nation. In addition, The Alter group owns 18 business parks nationally, and 1,500 acres of vacant, improved land for future development. The firm ranks # 4 in the National Real Estate Investor survey of America’s top office developers. ≠
CondoLifestyles State-of-the-Industry Ninth Annual Review & Forecast of Trends for Community Associations | December 16, 2005 | Chicago Historical Society Who Should Attend? • Community Association Board & Committee Members • Property Managers • Developers • Realtors & Realty Professionals • Colleagues and Contractors • Government Officials & Employees Why Should You Attend? • To gain valuable, practical insight on how to deal with special issues of Community Associations • Identify resources needed to help your association(s) solve current challenges that your association(s) is facing • Meet and greet Condo Lifestyles Advisory Board members and other industry experts • To better understand government regulations regarding community associations • To contribute and share your ideas and input in an effort to improve standards in the field of community associations Timing -Structure This event is intended to be structured to accommodate various levels of expertise as well as different types of interests in community associations. It is also intended to be flexible to meet time and schedule concerns. We are pleased to accommodate you in this regard. Feel free to contact our office to make customized arrangements. What Should you bring? Your questions. We will provide you with a bag full of paper, pens, and several other items you can use at the program, home or office.
Handouts, Table Discussion Topics & Moderators may include:
Renters, Pets & Parking
Opening Remarks Community Association’s Today… Trends, Issues & Ideas Michael C. Davids Condo Lifestyles
Chicago Ordinance Update Alderman Burton Natarus
Life Safety & Fire Protection Chicago Fire Department & Ken Schwartz - Schirmer Engineering
A Day in the Life of a Community Association
Community Association Law Question & Answer Session Mark D. Pearlstein Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC
Introduction of 2006 Advisory Board & Condo Lifestyles Special Recognition
Idea Exchange & Registration for Table Discussions
Food Buffet Opens Community Association Trends - Table Discussions
MCD Media Holiday Party
Bulk TV Chicago Ordinance Update Fire Protection & Life Safety Emergency Preparedness Insurance & Risk Management Illinois Condominium Property Act Update Suburban Issues Developer Transitions / Developer Issues Reserve Studies / Capital Improvements Accounting and Tax Issues Mold & Remediation Energy Conservation Tips Natural Gas Purchasing Emergency Communication Systems & UL Fire Rated Doors The above moderators and topics may be modified and additional topics may be added. State-of-the-Industry Committee Rosemarie Wert - Community Specialists, Tony Briskovic - Chicagoland Management & Realty, Tim Snowden Heil, Heil, Smart & Golee, John Coleman - Wolin-Levin, Nancy Ayers - Mesirow Financial, Tairre Dever-Sutton and Tom Skweres - The Habitat Company, and Earle Zuelke - Chicago Building Department
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